Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies has become football's first UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador.
Davies has first hand experience of just how important the UNHCR's work is, having been born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his family was forced to flee the Liberian Civil War. He then moved to Canada aged five, becoming the youngest player to appear for the national team 11 years later.
"Whilst the refugee camp provided a safe place for my family when they fled war, I often wonder where I would have been if I had stayed there and not benefited from the opportunities I got thanks to resettlement. I don’t think I would have made it to where I am today," Davies said.
"I want people to know about the importance of helping refugees, wherever they are, in camps or cities, in neighboring countries or countries of resettlement such as Canada. Refugees need our support to survive, but also access to education and sports, so they can fulfil their potential and truly thrive."
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, added: "Alphonso Davies personifies the power of sport and we are truly honoured to have him joining us.
"Sport has the incredible power to bring hope, to heal and to help shape the future for those forced to flee. In our work with refugees we see daily what uplifting difference sports can make in their lives.
"His personal story, his talent and triumph as professional footballer and his commitment to help refugees is impressive. I am looking forward to working with him."
Since joining Bayern in 2018 Davies has carved out a reputation as one of the best left-backs in the world. He was an important part of the Die Roten team that won the treble during 2019/20 and also finished in third place for the 2020 Golden Boy award, behind Ansu Fati and winner Erling Haaland.