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Refugees who became world-class footballers and won the Champions League

A refugee is a displaced person who left his country out of fear, war or violence, and is unwilling to return home due to well-founded fear of persecution. Millions of refugees are around the world, many of them struggle to survive, but some are currently world-class footballers.

1. Luka Modrić.

The 36-year-old footballer was born in Croatia, and it was around the time of the Croatian War of Independence. He was a goat shepherd at the age of 5 and started playing football at 9.

He became a professional at the age of 18 and joined Real Madrid in 2012. Likewise, he won the Champions League in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He is also a Ballon D'or winner.

2. Alphonso Davies.

During the Liberian civil war, Debeah and Victoria Davies, Alphonso's parents, left Liberia to live in Ghana. They gave birth to him in Ghana and lived in the Refugees camp in Buduburam.

When Alphonso turned 5, the family relocated to Canada, but remained Liberian Nationals. In 2017, he became a Canadian citizen so that he can represent the Canadian national team. He is now a world-class footballer who plays for Bayern Munich, he won the Champions League with the club in 2020.

This is a clear case of people who didn't let their past dictate their future.

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