The son of Nigerian parents had a first hand look on how a few classmates and friends ended up in crime. Bassey did not let this influence him because he knew: his future is in football. Together with a few friends, they enrolled themselves in tryout sessions for professional clubs. Time after time, without succes. He was on the verge of giving up until at last, Leicester City contacted him at age sixteen.
Bassey grabs this opportunity with both hands and plays himself into Ajax's view as a Ranger’s player a few years later. Ajax TV made a sharp portrait of the defender and travelled to London, together with Bassey.
Calvin Bassey played the Old Firm in Scotland four times, but never played the Klassieker in the Netherlands. The defender knows the importance of this type of match. "You want to leave a mark and start with intensity."