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Leicester sell richest footballer in the world Faiq Bolkiah to Maritimo whose uncle is Sultan of Brunei worth £22bn

 

 

 

THE world's richest footballer has left Leicester and joined Portuguese side Maritimo.

Faiq Bolkiah, 22, the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, left the Foxes without playing a professional game and is hoping a move overseas will reignite his career.

Faiq Bolkiah is the richest young footballer in the world

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Faiq Bolkiah is the richest young footballer in the worldCredit: Getty - Contributor
Faiq Bolkiah is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei

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Faiq Bolkiah is the nephew of the Sultan of BruneiCredit: Instagram @fjbolkiah

Once linked to Wolves, the dynamic winger is one of the heirs to Hassanal Bolkiah's £22billion fortune.

His dad is Jefri Bolkiah, a brother of the oil tycoon, so that makes Faiq a member of their royal family.

But that hasn't stopped Faiq from shunning his family's billions to pursue a career in football.

Let SunSport introduce you to the man who really doesn't need to work for a living...

Competition was fierce for him in his youth days...

After playing youth football for AFC Newbury, Faiq signed a one-year deal with Southampton's famed youth academy in 2009.

He didn't quite turn enough heads to secure a full-time contract and went on trial at Arsenal in 2013, playing for the Gunners in the 2013 Lion City Cup.

Faiq Bolkiah could have lived in a palace like the Sultan of Brunei

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Faiq Bolkiah could have lived in a palace like the Sultan of BruneiCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Faiq Bolkiah was once on Chelsea's books

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Faiq Bolkiah was once on Chelsea's booksCredit: Chelsea FC
Faiq Bolkiah playing for Leicester City's reserves

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Faiq Bolkiah playing for Leicester City's reservesCredit: Getty - Contributor
A Rolls Royce like this could have been a chariot for Faiq Bolkiah

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A Rolls Royce like this could have been a chariot for Faiq BolkiahCredit: Getty - Contributor

Faiq got himself on the scoresheet in that tournament against a Singapore youth selection.

Alerted to his availability, Chelsea then swooped and offered him a two-year deal in 2014. But he left Stamford Bridge in December, 2015 to sign for Leicester in a three-year deal.

He captains his international side...

Despite not playing a professional game in England yet, Faiq has pulled on the international shirt of Brunei nine times, finding the net once.

Faiq Bolkiah is captain of the Brunei international football team

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Faiq Bolkiah is captain of the Brunei international football teamCredit: Getty - Contributor

Better still, he's a mainstay in the national team and captained the side in the recent 2017 Aceh World Solidarity Tsunami Cup.

Incidentally, he was born in Los Angeles, so he could've represented the United States. But he was loyal to his family and stayed close to his roots.

Faiq Bolkiah was loyal to his family and turned down a chance to play for the US

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Faiq Bolkiah was loyal to his family and turned down a chance to play for the USCredit: AFP - Getty

Faiq's dad is quite the character...

He may have an innocent demeanour, but his father Jefri Bolkiah was known as the playboy of the Brunei royal family.

Jefri reportedly lived quite the life of excess, reportedly blowing around £10billion in 15-years as head of the Brunei Investment agency.

At one point, he was said to be spending £35m a month on cars, watches, erotic white gold pens and up to a £1m a hit on karaoke parties with a swarm of beautiful women.

Jefri Bolkiah celebrates his birthday with his son

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Jefri Bolkiah celebrates his birthday with his sonCredit: Instagram @fjbolkiah
Jefri Bolkiah was the playboy of the Brunei royal family

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Jefri Bolkiah was the playboy of the Brunei royal familyCredit: Rex Features
Faiq Bolkiah might have had an easier life and lived like a prince if he wasn't a footballer

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Faiq Bolkiah might have had an easier life and lived like a prince if he wasn't a footballerCredit: 1998 Julian Parker
Faiq Bolkiah's cousins enjoy a lavish lifestyle in their own country

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Faiq Bolkiah's cousins enjoy a lavish lifestyle in their own countryCredit: Getty - Contributor

Jefri was also believed to have owned 2,300 cars at the height of his wealth, including a fleet of Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces.

However, his pride and joy is a yacht inappropriately called 'Tits' which had tenders called 'Nipple 1' and 'Nipple 2'.

Faiq Bolkiah stands to inherit a boat called Tits

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Faiq Bolkiah stands to inherit a boat called TitsCredit: Big Pictures
The Tits has tenders called Nipple 1 and Nipple 2

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The Tits has tenders called Nipple 1 and Nipple 2Credit: Big Pictures

Jefri wasn't afraid to embrace erotica either, once commissioning artist J. Seward Johnson to create a £500,000 sexually-explicit statue of himself and his ex-fiancee.

Amusingly, he once splashed around £5million on a rug that was woven with gold thread and jewels.

A £5m rug bought by Jefri Bolkiah

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A £5m rug bought by Jefri BolkiahCredit: PA:Press Association
A set of erotic pens in white gold owned by Jefri Bolkiah

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A set of erotic pens in white gold owned by Jefri BolkiahCredit: PA:Press Association
An erotic watch owned by Jefri Bolkiah made of white gold and platinum

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An erotic watch owned by Jefri Bolkiah made of white gold and platinumCredit: PA:Press Association

Michael Jackson was on speed dial when he needed him...

Being a rich kid has its perks, especially if you're Faiq.

When dad Jefri wanted to celebrate his milestone 50th birthday, he also wanted to impress his then 7-year-old son.

Michael Jackson performed a private concert for Faiq Bolkiah

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Michael Jackson performed a private concert for Faiq BolkiahCredit: Getty - Contributor

So what did he do? He only flew in the 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson to perform a private concert for him and his family.

Jefri paid Jacko around £12.5 million for the privilege, which was chump change for the Brunei royal family.

The privilege of having Michael Jackson perform privately cost Jefri Bolkiah £12.5m

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The privilege of having Michael Jackson perform privately cost Jefri Bolkiah £12.5mCredit: Reuters
Faiq Bolkiah has shunned a throne like the Sultan of Brunei for a rainy night in Leicester

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Faiq Bolkiah has shunned a throne like the Sultan of Brunei for a rainy night in LeicesterCredit: AFP - Getty

Making sure Michael was suitably catered for, Jefri also built an entire stadium for the occasion.

But Faiq is determined to shun his riches to make it as a professional footballer...

“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,” he once said in a rare interview.

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10 minutes ago, Webbo said:

I wonder what we got in return for signing him? 

His services? ^_^

Seems like he's been at a host of big English clubs, which his contacts have surely helped with.

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20 minutes ago, ealingfox said:

Given we're a poverty outfit now it might have been better to give him a new contract and ask him to lend us a few quid.

Fine him a billion quid for being late for training..

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7 hours ago, LCFCCHRIS said:

Fair play. Could probably have bought a team in L2 and just played himself every game as part of the deal 😁

I could have purchased us and played himself every game! 

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