Calvin Bassey (né Ughelumba; born 31 December 1999) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Nigeria national team.
Bassey is a product of Leicester City’s youth system but didn’t make a senior appearance for the club before joining Rangers on a free transfer in July 2020. He made 65 appearances over two seasons for Rangers and won the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Cup. In July 2022, he signed for Dutch club Ajax, with Rangers receiving the highest transfer fee in their history.
Bassey was born in Italy but has represented Nigeria at international level since making his debut in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Ghana in March 2022.
Early Life and Career
Born on the 31st of December 1999 in Aosta, Italy. Bassey joined Leicester City at the age of fifteen after a successful trial and progressed through the club’s youth ranks, with regular appearances for the clubs’ under-18 and under-23 sides.
On 6 June 2020, Bassey signed a pre-contract with Rangers, with him due to officially join the club with the opening of the summer transfer window in July. On 9 August 2020, he made his professional debut for Rangers in a Scottish Premiership match against St Mirren as a substitute in a 3–0 win.
Bassey was a key figure for Rangers during their run to the 2022 UEFA Europa League Final, which they lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt.
In July 2022, it was confirmed by Rangers that Bassey had been sold to Ajax for a club record fee of around £20 million.
Super Eagles Career (International)
Born in Italy, Bassey was eligible to play for Italy, Nigeria or England at international level.
On 30th September 2021 Calvin Bassey received his first call-up to play for Nigeria at the 2022 World Cup double header against Central African Republic.
In 2021, Bassey committed his international future to Nigeria when he accepted a call-up for their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He debuted with Nigeria in a 0–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification tie with Ghana on 25 March 2022.
Parents and Family
His father’s name is Kingsley Ikenna Ughelumba.
Calvin Bassey is the brother of English rapper Y.CB, real name Matthew Bassey, who makes music under UK drill group 7th.
Calvin Bassey is currently single and not dating or in any relationship. Calvin Bassey is also not married.
Net Worth and Salary
Calvin Bassey’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated to be around $1.5 million – $10 million (net worth estimated in 2022).
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