Calvin Bassey’s Biography
Calvin Bassey’s meteoric rise as a professional footballer has been nothing but phenomenon, from Leicester City where he started his career as a youth player, to Rangers, Ajax and Fulham.
The bulky defender was born in Aosta Italy, but grew up in Newham in England following his parents move to United Kingdom.
Bassey’s career experienced a bit of nosedive when he moved to Ajax, but he rejuvenated his career with the move to Craven Cottage last summer and has since been a mainstay in the team.
Bassey’s Career Rise
For every professional footballer currently playing at the highest level, there’s always a place of humble-beginning as a young boy.
As such, at the age of 15 Bassey joined Leicester City following his successful trial with the club in 2015 to 2020.
His move to Leicester City inaugurated his professional career, a journey that deeply resonated with his talent and experiences on the streets of Newham, England.
You can’t talk about Bassey’s success as a footballer and not recognize the role the Foxes played in nurturing his career into a brilliant player he is now.
Calvin Bassey Facts & Wiki
Name: Calvin Chinedu Bassey Ughelumba
Date: December 31, December 1999
Place of Birth: Aosta, Italy
Height: 6ft 1inch
Current Club: Fulham
Position: Left-back & Center-back
Parents: Mr & Mrs Kingsley Ikenna Ughelumba
Weekly Salary: €51,799
Annual Salary: €2,693,537
Net-worth: $1-2 million
Current Market Value: €19.9 million
Social Media Handle: Instagram, X & Facebook
Calvin Bassey’s Family
Father: Kingsley Ikenna Ughelumba
Mother: Ebere Bassey Etim
Siblings: Elvis, Michael & Matthew
There’s a popular saying that goes thus that family is everything right, interesting the Fulham defender wasn’t the only child of his parents, he has other siblings besides him making him one of four brothers.
His other siblings are named Elvis, Michael and Matthew. Elvis, whom Bassey often praises for the important role he played in his career is the elder brother in the family.
Aside the fact that Calvin is blessed with amazing and supportive brothers, he’s also blessed with a wonderful mother who made a lot of sacrifices to take proper care of the boys.
Calvin Bassey’s Net-worth & Salary
After what can be described as a successful career at Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, the need to test himself elsewhere came with a move to Ajax for €23million.
However, his move to the Dutch giant didn’t really worked out perfectly which actually necessitated a move to Fulham for €22.5million with a weekly salary of €51.799million.
As a matter of fact, he’s salary is the highest second highest among African origin players, trailing only behind Alex Iwobi another Nigerian in the team.
Even though Bassey does not make it into the top earner list in the Premier League, however he’s confidently ranked among highest earners at Fulham following his move from Ajax.
Calvin Bassey’s Club & International Career
The Fulham center-back was born in Italy, but was equally eligible to play for the Azzurri national, Nigeria and England at the international.
Despite the embarrassment of choices in terms of which national team to play for, Bassey committed his international future to Nigeria in 2021 when he accepted a call-ups for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Prior to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire, Bassey hasn’t really participated in any major tournament for the Super Eagles but presently he’s one of the solid-rock in Nigeria’s defence particularly against Cameroon and Angola.
So far he’s played over 25 games for Nigeria, as he continues to build his profile as one of the best leg in the Super Eagles set-up.
At club level, particularly at Rangers where he was absolutely a success before he left to teamed up with Ajax in the Eredivisie, he played a total of 65 games over two seasons for the club winning the Scottish Premiership and league Cup.
At Ajax Amsterdam where he had some sort of torrid time, he played only 25-games for the Dutch giant before he secured a compulsory move to Craven Cottage with Fulham.
Calvin Bassey Achievements
Over the years we’ve seen young players in the game achieve success early, while they grow to the pinnacle of their career as a professional.
Though Bassey may be young but we’ve seen him rose to the pinnacle of his career with Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League when they got to the final in 2021-22 season.
The same season he also won the Scottish Premiership, ahead of the fans and bookies favorite Celtic and likewise the league cup.
Ajax almost gave him a reason to taste the feeling of holding a trophy once again when he moved there, but the Dutch giant could only finished as runner-up both in the UEFA Europa League and KNVB Cup in 2022-23 season.
However, personally he was named among UEFA Europa League team of the season, following his amazing performance for the ‘Gers’ in the 2021-22 season.
At the international level, he could win his first major title with the Super Eagles having played an important role in helping the team to secure a semi-final ticket against Angola on Friday.
Calvin Bassey Social Media
Over time social media, particularly X, Instagram and Facebook have proven to be a means of putting yourself or craft out there for the word to see.
As such we’ve seen popular Nigerian players like the current African Footballer of the year Osimhen uses social media to get into the heart of his fans across the globe.
On Instagram, Bassey currently has a total of 202k followers, while on Facebook he’s got 7.7k followers and on X 72.7k followers.
To follow Calvin Bassey on all his social media pages, just type @cbasseyy and you’re good to follow one of Nigeria’s finest defender at the ongoing AFCON in Cote D’Ivoire.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago