World’s richest footballer becomes free agent after Chelsea exit
After parting ties with Thai club Chonburi FC, the world’s costliest player has become a free agent and is looking for a new team.
Faiq Bolkiah, 25, is the Sultan of Brunei’s nephew and reputedly has a net worth of over £20 billion. The winger was born in Los Angeles but began his football career in England after moving there for education.
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His career in football began at the age of 11 when he joined Southampton while also completing tryouts with Arsenal and Reading before signing a two-year youth contract with Chelsea in 2014.
A four-year contract with Leicester City would follow before he elected to leave the nation to join Portuguese club Maritimo in 2020 at the age of 22. His stay in the country, however, was brief, as he left just a year later after failing to establish himself.
Bolkiah would not play first-team football until he joined Chonburi in 2021, although his tenure at the club was cut short due to injury, with the forward scoring just two goals in 29 appearances. As a result, he was released from the Thai League 1 club.
Following the announcement of his leaving, he wrote on his personal Instagram, “Thank you Chonburi for the last two seasons.” And a special thanks to everyone who has supported us since the beginning. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope to see you again sometime.”
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“My parents have always been supportive in assisting me in achieving my football dreams.” They pushed me both psychologically and physically throughout my youth, thus I consider them role models.”