Bayern Munich Star Becomes 1st Footballer to be Named UN Global Ambassador for Refugees

Bayern Munich Star Becomes 1st Footballer to be Named UN Global Ambassador for Refugees

- Alphonso Davies becomes Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency

- The Canadian-Liberian star joined the movement because he rose from the same situation

- Davies was part of the Bayern squad that won six trophies in the last year

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Bayern Munich midfielder Alphonso Davies is the first football star to become the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.

The 20-year-old who can also play as a defender was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and moved to Canada aged five after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.

Having become a successful footballer in spite of his background, the Canadian-Liberian is now ready to inspire others who are also in the same situation with his stories.

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The Champions League winner believes sharing his tale will birth new hope among those currently in the refugee camps across the world. He was quoted by ESPNFC saying:

footballer to become a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency
Bayern Munich superstar showing off his FIFA Club World Cup title. Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern
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"I believe my personal story can make a difference in people's lives. It makes me work harder and I will never forget where I come from.
"Being a refugee is part of my story and I am happy to share everything about it. It motivates me each and every day to be who I am, to reach out to people, to tell them there's hope, and help others be aware of what the situation is.
"I want to be a role model to other refugees as well, for them to look at me and see there's hope and also to let them know if we believe in ourselves, we can make it.
"I really want to raise awareness and open people's eyes to the situation that is going on around the world."

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Davies has scored once and assisted two other goals in 27 appearances across all competitions for the Bavarians so far this campaign. earlier reported that tears got the better of AC Milan ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier on Monday, March 22, as he made a return to the Sweden national football team for the first time in five years.

Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from international football after Euro 2016 and looked to have played his last match for his country.

However, he earned a recall to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers this week, thanks to his sparkling form with Milan.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.


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