His uncle is the Sultan of Brunei, his dad spent £35m in a month and Michael Jackson performed a private concert for him.
Faiq Bolkiah has the world at his feet. A nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, who has a fortune estimated at £15bn, he is the richest young footballer in the world. The youth starlet also once had his own private concert with the King of Pop.
HE’S yet to make his full debut, but he’s already the wealthiest young footballer in the world.
Faiq Bolkiah, 19, is currently on Leicester City’s books, playing reserve football to gain some much-needed match-experience.
Rumoured to be interesting EFL Championship leaders Wolves, the dynamic winger is one of the heirs to the Sultan of Brunei’s £15bn 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, and is happy to play for Leicester reserves instead,
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 1-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 got himself on the scoresheet in that tournament against a Singapore youth selection.
Alerted to his availability, Chelsea then swooped and offered him a 2-year deal in 2014. But he left Stamford Bridge in December, 2015 to sign for Leicester in a 3-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 9 times, finding the net once.
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.
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 £10bn 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 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’.
Jefri wasn’t afraid to embrace erotica either, once commissioning artist J. Seward Johnson to create a £500k sexually-explicit statue of himself and his ex-fiancee.
Amusingly, he once splashed around £5 million on a rug that was woven with gold thread and jewels.
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.
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 back then.
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.
“My parents have always been supportive in helping me to achieve my dreams of being a footballer.
“They trained me hard both psychologically and physically through my childhood years, so I have to say they are my role models.”
With determination like that, if he does sign for Wolves he could end up having a bright future in the game.
But if it doesn’t work out for him, it’s not as if he’s got nothing to fall back on just yet.
Victor Moses scores on Turkish debut to seal Fenerbahçe win
Victor Moses, former Super Eagles winger, scored on his debut for struggling Turkish Super League side, Fenerbahçe, in their 2-0 win over Goztepe on Friday evening.
The former Chelsea player, Moses, came on for Andre Ayew, scorer of the first goal, in the 64th minute and sealed the win nine minutes later with his first strike in Turkish football.
Fenerbahçe had won only once in seven league games and flirting with relegation before the arrival of Moses, who is looking to reignite his career after being deemed surplus to requirement at Chelsea.
The wing wizard advanced with the ball just inside the opposition’s half, laid it off for Jailson who returned the favour, picking out the galloping Moses in the six-yard box to finish off the move he started.
The former Wigan player only played twice for the London club since the arrival of coach Mauricio Sarri, and the 28-year-old forward had to join the former Turkish League champions on an 18- month loan deal late in the January transfer window.
Victor Moses abruptly retired from the Super Eagles to focus on his club career but it is hoped that a return to regular club football could make him return to the national team.
Messi, Maradona plead for Sala search to continue
Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have joined calls to resume the search for the missing plane carrying Cardiff striker, Emiliano Sala.
Guernsey Police called off the search for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on Thursday afternoon, but the player’s former club Nantes led calls from across football for it to be resumed.
Barcelona star Messi added his voice to the cause on Friday, writing on his Instagram story, said: “As long as there are still possibilities, a hint of hope, we ask you please continue to look for Emiliano.
“I send all my strength and support to his family and friends. #PrayforSala.”
Another Argentinian football superstar, 1986 World Cup winner Maradona, also posted on Instagram pleading for the search to continue, with the message: “Hope never dies.”
Neymar gets new lover
Neymar has sparked new rumours regarding his love life after being pictured alongside a Brazilian model, Mari Tavares.
The PSG ace has been single since his tumultuous relationship with long-term partner Bruna Marquezine ended in October.
With Ligue 1 entering a winter break, Neymar enjoys a short festive holiday – and also experiments with new looks having revealed his fake dreadlocks recently.
And while spending Christmas back in his native Brazil, he fuelled romance rumours after being spotted alongside a 20-year-old model Mari Tavares at a party.
The bombshell is an active Instagram user where she often shows off her stunning curves and tattoos to her 175,000 followers.
And although the pair have not been seen showing affection to each other yet, in Brazil Tavares is already thought to be Neymar’s next lover.
The 26-year-old winger has been single since breaking up with his long-term partner Bruna Marquezine in October.
Neymar had been involved in an on-and-off relationship with the 23-year-old Brazilian actress and model for six years before ending it in October.
The Brazil ace was rumoured to have cheated on his ex with a soap opera actress Giovanna Lancellotti, but laughed off the speculations.
It was claimed the couple were at odds over politics ahead of a heated presidential election but Marquezine denied it.
She said: “It was his decision. I am going to ask that this issue isn’t prolonged because normally I don’t speak about my personal life.
“I have a lot of respect and affection for him and for everything we went through together.
“I just want to clear this point up, because we are living through a critical and dangerous time, a time with a lot of hate and no, the breakup had nothing to do with that [politics].”
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