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Alphonso Davies names four players as future contenders to win the Ballon d'Or

By Sean Walsh
Davies has become one of the best players in the world aged just 20
Davies has become one of the best players in the world aged just 20 / Pool/Getty Images
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Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies has given his verdict on which current young stars in the game have the potential to win the Ballon d'Or, and which footballers he enjoys watching the most.

The Canadian wing-back has emerged as one of the world's top talents since his transfer to Bayern in 2018, playing a key role as the Bavarians won the treble last season.

Davies also won the Bundesliga's rookie of the year award last season and received a Golden Boy nomination, and already has a number of memorable performances to his name - he notably tore apart Nelson Semedo in Bayern's 8-2 Champions League thrashing of Barcelona in August.

Already playing such a crucial role on a huge team, Davies has backed himself to be a future contender for the Ballon d'Or, and also gave his approval of two Englishmen who could challenge him for the award.

Speaking to 90min, Davies said: "I think definitely [Erling] Haaland is up there, I think [Jadon] Sancho's up there as well. I think I can be up there for the Ballon d'Or.

"There's a lot of good young players, Phil Foden has been playing really well this season. The list goes on and on so I guess we'll have to wait and see in the future who gets nominated or not."

Davies played a major role in Bayern's Champions League triumph
Davies played a major role in Bayern's Champions League triumph / Pool/Getty Images

The 20-year-old is undoubtedly one of the most fun footballers to watch, and listed which players he enjoyed watching the most.

"For me, it was a lot of players," he said. "Didier Drogba, [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo. I like flair players, I like watching them. Thiago as well!

"Overall, it's just [about] enjoying football. You see all the skills that these players have and you see them over time and as a kid you want to try them. It's pretty fun."

Davies has the chance to add the FIFA Club World Cup to his growing list of honours when Bayern kick-off their campaign in Qatar on 8 February.


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