A professional footballer with one of the world's top teams who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana has been appointed as a UN special ambassador to help refugees.

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana before emigrating to Canada. The 20-year-old has been appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency.

"My own experiences make me want to speak up for refugees, to share their stories and to help make a difference," Davies said in a statement on Bayern's website.

"Refugees need our support to survive, but also access to education and sports, so they can fulfil their potential and truly thrive." 

The Canada left-back won the Champions League with Bayern last season.

Davies began supporting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2020, when he took part in a live-stream gaming tournament.

Last month, he helped launch a Canadian Government campaign to promote access to quality education for refugees.