Borussia Dortmund's team bus was attacked by three bombs on their way to their Champions League first-leg tie against Monaco on Tuesday night.
Defender Marc Bartra was taken to hospital with injuries sustained in the incident and the game was postponed until last night – with Dortmund losing 3-2 to Monaco.
Football paled in comparison to the events of last night and Sahin admits he will never be able to forget the looks of fear on his team-mates' faces.
“I get goosebumps, when I was on the bus last night, I can’t forget the faces, I will never forget the faces in my life, for sure,” said Turkey international Sahin.
Nuri Sahin was emotional as he recounted the events of Borussia Dortmund's team bus attack
The Borussia Dortmund bus was attacked last night
“When I saw Marc [Bartra] there and I sit next to [Marcel] Schmelzer – and I will never forget Schmelzer’s face, it was unbelievable.
“It’s hard to talk about, it’s hard to find the right words. We saw it [terror attacks] a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul in my country on New Year’s Eve.
“It was close but also very far from us, but last night, we felt what it is like to be in a situation like this and I don’t wish anyone to feel like this.
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“I don’t know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch, in the second half, I didn’t think about football to be honest.
“Last night I didn’t realise what had happened when I was at home with my wife and son waiting in front of the door and I felt how lucky we were.
“I know football is very important, we love football, we suffer with football and I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life.
"But we are human beings, and there is so much more than football in this world and last night we felt it.”