Portuguese Club Maritimo Complete the Signing of the Richest Footballer in the World

Mudeet Arora
Sep 24, 2020, 6:20 PM GMT+5:30
Faiq Bolkiah
Faiq Bolkiah | Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

The richest footballer in the world, Faiq Bolkiah has moved to Portugal in order to sign with Maritimo, having been previously signed by Leicester City as a youngster.

Faiq is known to be the richest player in the world due to his father Jefri Bolkiah, who is the Prince of Brunei and brother of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

Bolkiah's family value is rumoured to be around $28 billion, as of October 2019, which actually implies that that Faiq's family is richer than most club owners in Europe.

Faiq had a previous stint at Leicester City but could not make a single first team appearances for the Foxes.

On signing for the Funchal based side, the winger said, "This is the best place to continue my football career."

Faiq was born in Los Angeles but moved to England for his education and first signed as an academy player at Southampton in 2009.

He had previous stints with Arsenal and Chelsea before signing with Leicester four years ago and has so far made six appearances for the Brunei national football team.

Vanity Fair article in 2011 claimed the player's father, whose full name is His Royal Highness Pengiran Digadong Sahibul Mal Pengiran Muda Jefri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, 'has probably gone through more cash than any other human being on earth,' and described him as a 'notorious playboy.'

The same article revealed that the 65-year-old celebrated his 50th birthday with celebrations that included a concert from Michael Jackson that cost him $17 million.

It doesn't end here. It is also said that he arranged for a private concert by Whitney Houston in which he reportedly handed out the singer a blank cheque and told her to fill any number she deemed fit for her performance and she filled in $7 million.