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Faiq Bolkiah: The Wealthiest & Youngest Football Player In The World

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When you thought of the world’s wealthiest footballers, the names that naturally comes to your mind are the likes of Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But in reality Faiq Bolkiah, the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei takes the spot as the youngest wealthiest player in the world worth £18billion.

Here is the journey of a youngster named ‘Faiq Bolkiah’ regarded as the wealthiest footballer in the world.

Faiq Bolkiah Club’s Journey

The journey of Bolkiah began in 2009 as a member of AFC Newbury before he signed a one-year deal with Southampton academy.

He stay with the Saints until 2011 and in 2014 he signed a two-year contract with Chelsea having previously trained with Reading also had a trial with Arsenal.

Following his brilliant performance for the Gunners in the ‘Lion City Cup’, during the trials several clubs came knocking on the door to snap him up but in the end it was Chelsea who signed him on a two-year contract.

After just one year with the Chelsea reserves where he presumably got frustrated due to lack of game time and with his contract set to expire, he moved to Leicester City on a three-year deal in 2016.

Bolkiah further signed a one-year extension to his deal in the summer of 2019 with the Foxes, but report has it that he only featured for their reserve side and never got the opportunity to play for the first team.

He joined Portuguese side Maritimo in 2020 on a free transfer after he left Leicester City, making his debut with the U23 team in a draw against Sporting CP U23 side and forty-five days later he also featured in a league game against the same team he faced with the U23.

In 2021 after enduring yet another difficult time in Portugal with Maritimo, Bolkiah joined Thailand outfit Chonburi in the first division ahead of the second half of the 2021-22 campaign as the first-ever Bruneian to join a Thai club.

The Brunei midfielder scored his first goal for the team in a 1-0 victory against Port F.C in 2022, and this season he’s only featured in 14 games and scored two goals with his team placed in sixth position in the Thai League.

Bolkiah’s National Team Journey

Considering where Bolkiah was born, he’s eligible to represent either the United States or Brunei but expectedly he chose to play for Brunei despite being scouted by the United States youth team.

The journey to wear the national team color for him started with the U19, U21, and U23 where he represented his country at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

He bagged his senior team goals in the AFF Championship qualification match against Timor Leste in 2016 and he has since then earned five more senior caps as the captain of the team.

Bolkiah’s Wealthy Uncle

The Sultan of Brunei who is popularly known as Prince Jefri is reportedly to had spent roughly £7 billion across 15-years as the head of the Brunei Investment Agency.

The Prince is known to have also spent up to £35 million per-month on luxury items such as cars, wristwatch, white gold pens including an elite collection of cars in his garage.

Report also revealed he flew over the late Michael Jackson to perform a private solo concert during his 50th birthday to show to the world how wealthy he is when it comes to flexing.

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