Being a refugee is one of the lowest positions a person can be in, but many people who used to be refugees have become great people in the world.
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most important football trophies in the world of football and some people who used to be refugees defied all odds and won this trophy.
With this in mind, let’s talk about 3 refugees who have the UEFA Champions League trophy:
- Luka Modrić
Luka was born in 1985, but his childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence, which escalated in 1991. His family was forced to flee which made Modrić became a refugee, he and his family lived in the Hotel Kolovare for seven years.
In 2003, he joined Dinamo Zagreb and his technical ability stood him out until he joined Tottenham Hotspur. After 4 years in England, Luka moved to Real Madrid, and he just won his fifth Champions League title.
- Alphonso Davies
Davies only became a Canadian in 2017, before that, he was a Liberian citizen living in Canada. He, however, passed his citizenship test in 2017 to make him eligible to represent the Canadian national team.
He was born to Liberian parents in Buduburam, a refugee camp in Ghana, they fled Liberia because of the second civil war. Davies joined Bayern Munich in 2018 and was instrumental to them winning the Champions League in 2020.
- Eduardo Camavinga
Just like Davies, Cama remained a citizen of Angola living in France until November 2019, when he needed to play for France Under-21 team, that was when he became a French citizen.
He was born in a refugee camp in Cabinda, Angola in 2002, to Congolese parents, he started playing football at the age of 7 and joined Real Madrid in 2021. He was instrumental to Real Madrid coming back into games they were almost losing during the knockout, and won his first Champions League title in 2022.