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In the compressed soccer calendar that was created after the pause due to the pandemic, the short-term future for Davies is clear: Bayern Munich will have just a few weeks of down time before the off-season, such as it is, is over, and they will be back to begin defending their treble of trophies: the Champions League, German Cup, and the Bundesliga title, which they have won in eight straight seasons. Davies is bound to be a central figure in all that. After he won a spot in Bayern’s lineup thanks to injury problems among the club’s defenders in the middle of the past season, he quickly became impossible to displace, covering the distance from a virtual unknown to one of the best left backs in the world about as fast as one of his blazing runs up the pitch.
But over the longer term, his ceiling right now looks limitless. On Monday Davies was added to the cover art of PES2021, a soccer video game in which he now appears next to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are the two most famous soccer players in the world, and two of the best to ever play the sport. And in addition to the prime ministerial praise, Davies won plaudits from fellow professionals, celebrities and even the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Davies signed a contract extension with Bayern in April that runs through 2025, but it’s far from certain that he will see it out. The biggest clubs in soccer always poach talent from those just below them, and while Bayern is a huge club in its own right, it’s a notch below Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, while England’s Premier League offers a larger global stage than the Bundesliga. In normal times it would be expected that several clubs would see if Davies was available at the right price, especially with a team like Barcelona embarking on a rebuild, but with the pandemic having gutted soccer revenues at least temporarily, it’s less likely that one of Bayern’s European rivals will make an offer the German giants could not refuse. As wild as it is to imagine a Canadian international playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid or Manchester United, it’s unlikely to happen in the near term. But a year or two from now? If Davies continues his sharp ascent, it’s certainly possible.