The world’s richest footballer is not Lionel Messi, or Cristiano Ronaldo as you have been led to believe but Price Faiq Bolkiah who is barely 19years of age and plays for EPL club Leicester City reserves is the richest footballer in the world!
Unlike football legends, Leonel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who earn their money directly for the beefy salaries paid them by their clubs and other publicity endorsements, Price Faiq Bolkiah who is yet to make a single professional debut for Leicester City, owes his vast wealth to the family he comes from.
Leicester City’s Faiq Bolkiah is a young attacking winger who is one of the heirs to the fabulously rich Sultan of Brunei.
The Sultan of Brunei is the ruler of a small country called Brunei. Until 1990 when he was displaced by Bill Gates, he was the wealthiest man in the world. Today, Forbes ranked him as the world’s fourth-richest royal, with a net worth of over $20 billion.
Jefri Bolkiah, father of Faiq Bolkiah is a brother of the Sultan and this automatically makes the footballer an important member of the Bolkiah royal family.
Prince Faiq Bolkiah could be living in a palace or even holidaying free of charge at the Beverly Hills Hotel which his family owns, but the cute and innocent looking footballer chooses to live his life the hard way, by coming through the ranks at Leicester City and it looks like he’s really good because EFL Championship leaders FC Wolves have reportedly made moves to sign him.
Prince Faiq Bolkiah’s father is quite a character, though. He is said to be one of the reasons why the Sultan’s fortunes took a major hit. Jefri Bolkiah was known as the top playboy of the Brunei royal family. According to certain reports, he spent more than £35m a month on cars, clothes, watches, gold pens and even throw away £1m on karaoke parties with very beautiful women flocking around him.
At his highest point, Jefri Bolkiah owned 2,300 cars, including several Rolls-Royces, a fleet of Bentleys, and countless Ferraris. Prince Faiq Bolkiah himself could have had this life if he wanted to but chose to follow his passion and heart’s desire. This kid gave up all these luxuries of life for the sake of football. Of course, he’s at it for time being.
Who knows? He might change his mind tomorrow and return to his wealth home or his Sultan uncle might just make him the country’s Minister of Finance and be done with the madness of football playing!