Calvin Bassey Profile, Family, Net Worth

Calvin Bassey Profile, Family, Net Worth
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Calvin Bassey (birth name Calvin Ughelumba) is a football player who plays for English club Fullham and the Nigeria national football team, the Super Eagles. Bassey is also eligible to represent Italy and England by birth and naturalisation.

Name Calvin Bassey
Birth Name Calvin Ughelumba
Born 31 October 1999 (23 years)
Birthplace Aosta, Italy
Nationality Nigerian, Italian
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Position Defender
Social Media Instagram, Twitter


Calvin Bassey beginnings

Calvin Bassey started off as a futsal player before making his way to the Leicester City football academy as a teenager. His mother had moved to England in his pre-teens which led him to adopt her maiden name, Bassey.

Upon the move to England, Calvin immersed himself in the football culture of his new home. That was how Leicester City scouted and signed him up at 15 years old.

Bassey would show incredible levels for the Foxes at the under-18 and under-23 levels, turning the heads of scouts at the big clubs.

The promise of first team football led him to choose Glasgow Rangers of Scotland, where he caught the attention of the Nigeria Super Eagles.

Calvin Bassey club career

In 2020, Bassey signed for Glasgow Rangers straight from the Leicester City youth academy. He made his debut for the Gers in a 3 – 0 win against St. Mirren in August 2020.

He would go on to represent the Scottish club 65 times, scoring only one goal and winning the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish Cup. He was also a part of that incredible team that went all the way to the UEFA Europa League final in the 2021/22 season.

They would finish as runners-up in that tournament, giving Bassey his first taste of European success.

He joined Ajax in the 2022/23 season, earning Rangers a club-record £20 million fee. He slotted straight into the starting lineup at the Eredivisie giants despite receiving a red card in his debut match for the team on 31 July, 2022.

Calvin Bassey on the ball for Ajax
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After one season with the Dutch giants, Bassey completed another big move to the Premier League, with Fulham paying £19.3m for his signature.

Calvin Bassey national team career

Calvin Bassey is eligible to play for Italy, England and Nigeria as stated earlier.

He was scouted by all three teams when he was at Rangers, but he made the decision to represent the country of his parent's birth and play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Calvin Bassey celebrates for the Nigeria Super Eagles
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He made his debut in the 0-0 FIFA World Cup qualification draw with Ghana, which would eventually see Bassey and the team miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

He has made nine appearances since his debut including games in the AFCON qualifiers 2023. He is expected to make the squad for AFCON 2023.

Calvin Bassey personal life

Calvin Bassey has a brother, Y.CB (real name Matthew Bassey) a rapper who makes music with the UK Drill group named 7th.

He has two other brothers, Elvis and Michael. They are the subject of an ongoing feud between his father, Kingsley Ughelumba and his mother Ebere Bassey. His parents divorced in 2008 which led to his mother leaving Italy for England and changing the surnames of the three boys.

Bassey tries to indulge in vacations and events in his free time, most of them involving music. He is reportedly in a relationship with a social media star but it is being kept under wraps.

Calvin Bassey family

Calvin Bassey has a troubled family history and this is why the search for “Calvin Bassey family” is important among Nigeria national football team fans who want to know more about the player who made his debut for the Super Eagles in late 2022.

Born Calvin Ughelumba, he is one of four siblings who now bear the last name of their mother, Ebere Bassey. They were born in Italy but after a quarrel and eventual dissolution of the marriage between both parents, Bassey took her children and left their father, Kingsley Ughelumba, for London, England. There, she changed their names legally to Bassey and raised them as a single mother.

Kingsley Ughelumba has tried to no avail to be involved in the lives of his children because Ebere Bassey has blocked all his attempts to do so, per his last media appearance on the issue.

“I had Issues with the mum, out of wickedness she denied me access  to my children and changed my son’s surname to her maiden name,” Ughelumba said to Nigeria football news media.

“I tried my best to settle with her. We went to court in London for me to have access to my children, but she vehemently opposed me seeing my children.

“This very issue happened in 2008. The judge told us to go home and settle the matter as a family, but she denied me and that is the reason that I have not been able to have access to my children.”

Kingsley Ughelumba is still trying to gain access to his children, who are all doing well for themselves in various disciplines.

Calvin Bassey Net Worth

When you search for “Calvin Bassey Net Worth”, you will also find information on the popular search string, “Calvin Bassey Salary”. This is because they both go hand-in-hand as the man makes the bulk of his earnings as a professional footballer.

Calvin Bassey Salary

As established above, Calvin Bassey is currently with Fulham, a club that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. He signed for the team in July 2023 after one season with Ajax, prior to a brilliant couple of years with Scottish Premiership side Glasgow Rangers.

The Gers were his first club, because Bassey only played and trained as an academy kid at Leicester City until he left for Scotland.

At Ibrox, Bassey earned around £5,500 every week which sums up to around £22,000 every month. He earned this for two seasons. At Ajax, Bassey earned around £25,100 a week which summed up to an estimated £108,000 after taxes.

As at the time of writing, there is no official info on Calvin Bassey salary at Fulham but this will be updated as it comes to light in due time.

Calvin Bassey Net Worth

The 23-year-old defender is said to have a few sponsorship deals which rake in money for him. He is also believed to have dabbled into some business ventures, more on which will be revealed when the information is readily available.

However, after Rangers, Ajax and currently – Fulham, Bassey is worth £5,900,000.

Calvin Bassey tournament/competitions attended and career stats

Tournament/Competition Team Goals Assists
AFCON qualifiers Nigeria Super Eagles
World Cup qualifiers Nigeria Super Eagles
International friendlies Nigeria Super Eagles 1
U-18 Premier League Leicester City 2 2
U-21 Premier League Leicester City 1 1
UEFA Youth League Leicester City 1
Scottish Premiership Glasgow Rangers 2
Scottish League Cup Glasgow Rangers 1 2
Scottish FA Cup Glasgow Rangers
Eredivisie AFC Ajax 1 3
KNVB beker AFC Ajax 4 1
Johan Cruijff Schaal AFC Ajax
UEFA Champions League AFC Ajax 2
UEFA Europa League Glasgow Rangers, AFC Ajax 1


This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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