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Far-Fetched Friday: Alphonso Davies Wins At Least One Ballon d'Or
Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This Friday, we go full Drake and give a big shoutout to Canada with our prediction of Alphonso Davies.
This is a more long term prediction than our other Far-Fetched Fridays, but why not. The last 6 months have seen Alphonso Davies shoot from Canadian prospect to arguably the best left-back in the world. His performance against Chelsea in the Champions League was an official introduction to the world. Bundesliga fans were already familiar with the man known as the roadrunner, MLS fans will tell you they saw it coming, Tik-Tok fans will tell you they knew of him, but the sports world needed an official introduction.
When Bayern shelled out 22 million, then an MLS record, for the then 17-year old Davies, no one knew what to make of it. He had shown flashes in the MLS, but no one quite knew how that would translate to one of the biggest teams in one of the best leagues in the world. Once again, Bayern proved they were a step ahead of everyone else. What they envisioned for Davies was not the attacking force he was in the MLS, but a left-back blessed with the pace, power, technique, and fitness required to dominate an entire side of the field.
Watching Alphonso Davies now draws shades of an early Gareth Bale at Tottenham. People forget that Gareth Bale was once the left-back that gained the attention of the world after his utter domination against Maicon and an experienced Inter Milan team in the 2010-11 Champions League. Bale was 20-years old then, Davies turns 20 at the end of this year.
Davies is blessed with the same pace, explosiveness, and technique that Bale showed at that age. At 19, he is only going to get better, and this may be the best time in history to have future Ballon d'Or hopes. Cristiano Ronaldo is 35, Messi turns 34 in a few weeks, and outside of Kylian Mbappe, there doesn't seem to be any clear favorites for Ballon d'Or domination over the next decade.
For now, Davies is limited to left-back, but he has shown what he can do higher up the field for the Canadian National Team. Even then, at left-back, the type of domination he has shown may still be enough to win a Ballon d'Or. Playing for the Canadian national team may prove to be an obstacle, but hey George Weah once won the Ballon d'Or despite never playing in the world cup. And Canada has a bright future with the likes of Johnathan David to go along with Davies.
As of now, at only 19-years old, he is already one of the five most important players for one of the best teams in the world. If that's the case now, the sky is the limit for the player he could become once he reaches his peak. That is the kind of player that will win a Ballon d'Or.
Can't wait for that Davies, Pop Smoke themed "Ballon Dior Dior" viral video, when he wins his first Ballon d'Or.
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