Not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but Faiq Bolkiah, who deserves the title as the richest footballer in the world. Faiq is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.
Faiq’s name sprang up in the last two days after he was called to join the English club, Leicester City. This is not the first time he has played for English clubs.
Faiq has been traveling in the land of Queen Elizabeth since about 9 years ago. Starting his adventure with AFC Newbury, he went to Southampton in 2009.
Four years with Soton, 19-year-old footballer was then moved to Arsenal. During the season at Arsenal he had played in the Lion City Cup event.
In 2014, Faiq leaves to neighboring Arsenal, Chelsea. Two years later he was moved to Leicester City who had just won the English League.
About the title of the most expensive player in the world that carried Faiq is not kidding. He is the son of Jefri Bolkiah, the brother of Hasanah Bolkiah who is the head of the Brunei Investment Agency.
Jefri is said to have spent 10 billion pounds sterling or Rp 182.48 trillion to invest in the last 15 years. He is also said to have spent 35 million pounds sterling (Rp 638.7 billion) within a month to buy a car, pen watch made of white gold.
Faiq’s father is also called to have a collection of cars that number reached 2,300 pieces, including luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari. Not just a car, Jefri is said to have a private plane Boeing 747.
He is also the man who once invited the world Pop King, Michael Jackson, to hold a private concert in Brunei in order to celebrate his 50th birthday. For the concert, Jefri even built a new stadium in Brunei. The total budget that he spent at that time 12.5 million pounds sterling or about Rp 228 billion.
About business, Jefri has many hotels around the world. He is said to have Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France; Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles and New York Palace Hotel in the United States. He is also called the owner of the Asprey jewelry designer and yacht maker Tits.
With the wealth of his father, Faiq Bolkiah then earned the nickname as the richest player in the world. Is he worthy of the title?