Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies added another award to his ever-expanding trophy case when he won the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the year on Dec. 29.
Davies, who turned 20 on Nov. 2, plays left fullback with the German powerhouse Bayern Munich. In 2020 the team won the Champions League, Bundesliga title, DFB Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Individually, Davies was named Bundesliga rookie of the season for 2019-20 and was voted to the FIFPRO Best 11 by his peers, becoming the first North American to make the men’s all-star squad. He was also voted Canada Soccer’s Men’s Player of the Year.
Davies is the first soccer player to win the Conacher Award, joining such Canadian sporting icons as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe, Donovan Bailey and Ferguson Jenkins.
In an email Davies said, “A lot of great Canadian athletes have won it, so it’s an honour to be the first soccer player to do so.”
“It hasn’t always been easy this year, not just for me, but for many people out there,” Davies said. “A lot of people are in much tougher situations than me and I am very fortunate to be where I am, so I try to remember that and stay humble whenever things feel tough.”
Sources: CBC.ca, The Canadian Press