The mystery surrounding Leicester City's Faiq Bolkiah - the world's richest footballer

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Like it or not, footballers earn an obscene amount of money these days.

The likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are comfortably pocketing more than £1 million each month in wages alone.

That’s not even taking into account the various sponsorship deals.

In truth, it’s spiralled out of control.

However, while Messi and Ronaldo may be the two best players in the world, they’re not actually the ‘world’s richest footballer.’

Instead, that crown apparently goes to Leicester’s Faiq Bolkiah.

Who?

The 20-year-old doesn’t play first-team football but is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei - who is worth an estimated $20billion.

Wow.

Despite that, Bolkiah is still trying to make it as a professional footballer and signed a long-term deal with Leicester back in 2016.

But what has happened since?

Well, the Mirror have produced a report trying to figure that out…

Before signing a deal with Leicester, Bolkiah had trials at Southampton and Arsenal whilst he also spent a year at Chelsea.

Just two years ago, he made his international debut for Brunei, aged just 18.

During the 2016/17 season, Bolkiah appeared regularly for the club’s academy sides and even appeared in their UEFA Youth League matches.

But the Mirror claim that, this week, multiple Leicester staff members claimed they knew ‘next to nothing’ about Bolkiah.

His last mention on the club’s official website came in September when the club gave an update on international call-ups.

It said that Bolkiah had played in Brunei’s match against Timor Bolkiah, where they won 1-0.

And he was also included in the official 2018 team photo for Leicester’s Development Squad, which he shared on Instagram.

But it seems he hasn’t featured for Leicester’s youth sides at all this season and there is a mystery surrounding his absence.

Has he given up the ambition of becoming a professional footballer and accepted that he doesn’t need the money?

Or will he come out of the wilderness and continue to pursue his dream?

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