Fans send messages of support to Alphonso Davies after emotional Twitch confession goes viral
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Bayern Munich and Canada defender Alphonso Davies has given an insight into his life as a professional football during a Twitch stream.
"Life as a professional footballer is very cool, no doubt. You can chill and enjoy life, but, after training, there's nothing to do," he said. "For me, because I don't have a family and my girlfriend is not living with me, I'm by myself.
"It's a little bit worrying not having something to do and especially when all your friends have work. I probably have like five friends. I'm a popular loser."
After the comments circulated on Twitter at the weekend, fans sent messages of support to the Canada international.
One said: "Feel for him. I'm sure he felt similarly when he first came to Vancouver, but we all know if Davies is anything he is strong. You will make it through this and find more like minded people I am sure of it."
A second wrote: "Hey, @AlphonsoDavies , I want say you that everything will be ok. If you need help, I know that there are people who love and help you. As for today, have a good mental health it's important. Don't give up."
A third commented: "But you make me laugh every night on twitch bro, you’re the real unsung hero."
🇨🇦🗣️ Alphonso Davies: "The life of a professional footballer is great. But after training, there is nothing to do."— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) March 26, 2023
"Since I have no family here & my girlfriend does not live with me, I am alone. I probably have 5 friends. I am a popular loser." pic.twitter.com/imLBh9if8R
Davies regularly speaks to his fanbase on Twitch. He sees it as an important tool to show his personality off the pitch.
"It's just me being me," he told GOAL in 2022. "I was a football fan before I was a professional so the fan in me comes out with FIFA, with watching videos, all of the stuff like that. It's just how I am, and I'm not planning on changing.
"On the pitch, people know me as Davies No.19, the footballer. Now, I'm sure they know a little bit more about my life, how I am when they see me in person.
"I think it's important, especially for football fans nowadays. They're getting younger and younger, and they want to see that human side of the players and they want to relate to the players.
"And not just on the pitch, but off the pitch as well by seeing what they do, how they do it and how they go about their day-to-day life."
Davies' journey is an inspirational one. Born to Liberian parents in a Ghanaian refugee camp after they fled a civil war, he moved to Canada at the age of five.
Then, after excelling for local youth sides, he was scouted by Vancouver Whitecaps at 14 and a year later he was playing professionally in the USL for the Whitecaps second side.
Davies went on to become the first player born in the 2000s to feature in Major League Soccer when he made the rapid progression to the first-team squad and the rest, is well, history.
He soon joined 32-time Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and lifted the Champions League in 2020.
After winning Europe's biggest prize, the Canada international said: "Coming to Europe and winning the Champions League with a great club like Bayern is everything I can ask for.
"It shows the team I have around me, helping me every time I play; they play really well in the Champions League and being able to play here is amazing for me.
"My story, it just goes to show if you set your mind to it you can do anything. I'm happy to have the medal around my neck and the trophy by my side."