Calvin Bassey hearing the UCL anthem for the first time is heartwarming
Calvin Bassey went from Rangers at Ajax this summer, leaving the Scottish team for a new challenge in Europe, the Amsterdam club picking him up and offering him a Champions League beginning.
The 22-year-old would have played in the Champions League for the first time this season regardless, with Gers qualifying for the tournament with Celtic from Scottish Premiership.
Instead, the Nigerian defender made his competitive debut for Ajax, ironically facing his former club at the Johan Cruyff Arena. He was part of a 4-0 win, putting in a strong showing on the biggest club stage of them all.
He was heartbroken with Rangers last season in Europe, losing the Europa League final at Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties, making the despair all the more unbearable as the “lottery” confirmed their fate overnight.
No matter where they come from, most footballers dream of playing in the Champions League, with the competition being the benchmark of club football and the most prestigious table to sit at when all is said and done.
Before any Champions League match, the players enter the pitch and line up as usual, before sticking to it with the tournament’s iconic anthem played around the stadium.
The track was written by English composer Tony Britten in 1992 and he adopted it from George Frideric Handel’s song Zadok the Priest.
When you first hear this as a player, you know you’ve made the biggest scene of them all and obviously dream of hearing it on the pitch a plethora of times, not just once.
Ajax shared a pre-match video of Bassey hearing the renowned anthem for the first time as a player and it clearly meant a lot to the Nigerian.
You can see the video tweeted by Ajax below, with Bassey basking in the glory of Europe’s top club competition.
The camera focuses on the Super Eagles star as he performs his pre-match prayer routine before his face lights up as he realizes the scale of his surroundings and what he was on the point of realizing.
An occasion such as a Champions League debut is of immense magnitude, but Bassey didn’t let it affect his performance at all, he was key for his team to keep a clean sheet, as well as provide an assist against his former employers.
Some Soccer fans wanted to share their joy of the moment:
His cross found Mohammed Kudus who skilfully pulled away from the Gers defense before sending the ball home.
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