In Pictures: Faiq Bolkiah, Richest Footballer in the World
Mirror Football disclosed yesterday that contrary to popular opinion, 19-year-old Faiq Bolkiah of English Premiership side, Leicester City, is the world’s richest footballer.
According to the report, “when you think of the world’s richest footballers your thoughts immediately deflect to the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar – not a 19-year-old kid who plays in Leicester City’s reserves”.
The report adds that Faiq is nephew of the Sultan of Brunei (Hassanal Bolkiah) who is worth an estimated £20 billion. It further states that Faiq’s father, Jefri, “… has reportedly splashed out roughly £10 bn in 15 years as head of the Brunei Investment agency. And, at one point, Jefri was apparently spending a staggering £35m a month on cars, watches and white gold pens.”
“The Leicester winger’s father was also believed to have owned as many as 2,300 cars – including Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces. But more impressively, when Jefri celebrated his 50th birthday, he flew over Michael Jackson to perform a private concert. As well as building an entire stadium for the event, he paid the King of Pop £12.5million”.
Consequently, Mirror Football stated that:
“Despite all his wealth, some may wonder why Faiq Bolkiah bothers to play football at all. In a rare interview, the Leicester City winger revealed: ‘I’ve played football since as early as I can remember and from a young age I’ve always enjoyed going out on the field and having the ball at my feet. My parents have always been supportive in helping me to achieve my dreams of being a footballer. They trained me hard psychologically and physically through my childhood years, so I have to say they are my role models.”
Faiq was born in Los Angeles, United States. However he has reportedly opted to play for Brunei and has scored once in 9 appearances for that country.
See pictures of him below:
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