Alphonso Davies pledges World Cup earnings to charity in appreciation of Canada

Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies is showing his appreciation to Canada and his community once again.

The former Vancouver Whitecaps player has announced he will be donating this year’s World Cup earnings to charity.

“Canada welcomed me and my family & gave us the opportunity for a better life,” he wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

“it (sic) enabled me to live my dreams. It’s a great honour to play for Canada and I want to give back.”

The 21-year-old Bayern Munich fullback was born in a refugee camp in central Ghana on Nov. 2, 2000 after his parents fled Liberia due to a civil war.

The family eventually ended up in Canada when Davies was five, relocating to Ontario in 2006. A year later, the family moved to Edmonton.

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Davies, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, has been vocal about his appreciation for Canada. In June, while sharing his personal story for World Refugee Day, Davies urged people to show their support for those in need, saying, “Canada is a leader in refugee resettlement.”

“Anyone can become a refugee at any moment. They deserve our support,” he wrote in a tweet.

Canada qualified just a few months ago for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. The country has been to the world soccer tournament just once before, in 1986.

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