Inter Milan of Italy winger, Victor Moses held his teammates spellbound during his formal initiation into the team, as the former Super Eagles’ star gave a near flawless rendition of a popular rap song by British hip-hop artiste, Dizzee Rascal, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although Dizzee Rascal might not be known so well among Nigerian music lovers, Moses showed how exposed and aware of happenings outside the football pitch he is, as he gave a karaoke performance of the British rapper’s hit song to the admiration of his teammates.
It serves a befitting reminder about Moses’ early days of growing up in England, where he played for Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic before joining Chelsea in 2012, then went on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United in quick succession, before moving in an 18-month deal to Fernebahce of Turkey in 2019.
When called upon to perform in the midst of his new colleagues to formally welcome him to the team, Moses chose to refresh his days in England, as he reeled out words from the British MC, rapper, songwriter and record producer.
Dizzee Rascal, who is considered as a pioneer of grime music, with work that has incorporated elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B, released his acclaimed debut album Boy in da Corner in 2003, earning him the Mercury Prize, and considered a grime classic.
Follow-up albums Showtime, Maths + English, and Tongue n’ Cheek have been critically praised and certified platinum, with Tongue n’ Cheek going platinum for sales exceeding 300,000 units in the United Kingdom, with number-one hits from Dance wiv Me, Bonkers, Holiday, Dirtee Disco and Shout, one of which Moses performed, after Christian Eriksen also had an cringey initiation, but opted for Oasis hit son, Wonderwall.
Both players joined Antonio Conte’s Inter side in the January transfer window, but it was until this week that the other players gave Eriksen and Moses the daunting task of singing their initiation songs during dinner on Wednesday night, after which they were declared to be fully integrated into the squad, hjaving overcome the horrendously embarrassing moment.
Eriksen, who left Tottenham for £17m in the final few days of the transfer window, was up first and performed Wonderwall with confidence, but ex-Manchester United pair, Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young were not impressed with the song choice and their new pal’s execution.
Lukaku and Young noted that Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame are Manchester City fans, much to their chagrin, but Eriksen went on laughing as he sang, with the Dane encouraging his team-mates to clap along.
On the other hand, Moses, who made his debut in the quarter-finals of Coppa Italia last month before starting for the first time in Serie A in last weekend’s win over Udinese, put in a subdued performance, working his way through Dizzee’s Chillin’ wiv da Man Dem, as his teammates once again upped the tempo by clapping to the beat.
With the initiations now done and gone, the players will turn focus back to action on the pitch, as Antoni Conte’s side keep looking to finally end Juventus’ dominance of the Serie A this season and The Nerazzurri, who are currently three points off the perennial champions, play against city rivals, AC Milan in a potentially explosive derby on Sunday.