Every footballer’s dream is to play in the Champions League: Under

PARMA, ITALY - DECEMBER 29: Cengiz Under of AS Roma celebrates his goal with his team-mate Lorenzo Pellegrini during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and AS Roma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on December 29, 2018 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
PARMA, ITALY - DECEMBER 29: Cengiz Under of AS Roma celebrates his goal with his team-mate Lorenzo Pellegrini during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and AS Roma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on December 29, 2018 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

The Turkish footballer has spent 18 months with Roma in the Italian Lega Serie A and he feels well adjusted to the team now.

Turkish right winger Cengiz Under started his professional career with Altinordu in 2014 in the Turkish second division.

But his good performances at the club gained him a transfer to the Turkish Super Lig team Istanbul Basaksehir.

And after only one season, he moved to Roma in the Italian Lega Serie A in 2017.

“We have made it to the round of 16 and will play Porto on Tuesday. It will be a difficult game and we will do our best to win,” he said to the UEFA official website.

“I hope we can beat them and match or even surpass the success we had last year.”

“We want to reach the quarter-finals; we showed that we could do this last year by reaching the semi-finals and knocking out Barcelona. We can also do the same this year,” he added.

“Every footballer’s dream is to play in the Champions League. As a child, I could only watch the first halves of the games shown at 21:45 in Turkey; I would have to go to bed before the second half.”

“The most memorable game for me was the 2005 Liverpool v AC Milan final that ended 3-3 and then went to penalties. It was a very big match that was played in Istanbul,” he recalled.

VERONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 08: Alessandro Florenzi of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between Chievo Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on February 8, 2019 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

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The Giallorossi ended up tying 1-1 against Inter Milan in the Italian Lega Serie A as they continue in the fifth position.

“Before I came here [in the summer of 2017] I was in pre-season with Basaksehir in Slovenia.”

“I was waiting for some news from my agent during the night and could not sleep after I had received it,” he continued.

“I had to return to Istanbul in the morning to pack my bags and fly out to Rome. I was extremely nervous. One of my biggest dreams was to play in one of Europe’s biggest teams and I was able to turn this into reality by signing for Roma.”

“When I first arrived, the team were on tour in the United States and I stayed in Rome because I didn’t have a visa,” he explained.

“I was going to have my first training session and [sporting director] Monchi asked me to come into the changing room.”

“When I arrived, Francesco Totti was there, and I felt very nervous. We took a picture and I when I got back home I put that picture up on social media. He is every footballer’s idol, including mine,” he concluded.