Faiq Bolkiah doesn’t need to play football. It’s easy to think it’s just a hobby for him.
If you haven’t heard about Bolkiah, he’s without doubt one of the most interesting players in the game right now.
That’s not due to his on-pitch success. The 23-year-old hasn’t achieved much in the game, aside from six international appearances for Brunei.
The Bolkiah family
Instead it’s Bolkiah’s family that have propelled him into the spotlight and made him the subject of interest from the media and football fans.
Bolkiah is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. So wealthy is Hassanal that he has 500 Rolls-Royces and regularly spends $20,000 just to get his hair cut, according to a 2019 article by the Insider.
Hassanal was once the richest man in the world, worth as much as $40 billion, and Faiq is one of the heirs to the family’s fortune.
Bolkiah has met the Queen and according to the Mirror, his father Jefri reportedly flew Michael Jackson in to perform a private concert at his seventh birthday party.
Bolkiah’s underwhelming football career
The midfielder spent four year at Leicester but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Foxes.
In 2020, he signed for Portuguese outfit Maritimo but was released after just one year.
Bolkiah then headed to Thailand, signing for Chonburi FC last December, and it seems like he’s finally found his level.
He’s finally making his mark in Thailand
The United States-born player has earned praise from the media after a string of fine performances for Chonburi. In his first 10 appearances, he had three assists and was named man of the match twice.
#Nike ✔️ Man of the Match ⚽️
👉 Faiq Jefri Bolkiah⭐️
👉 Starting XI
👉 3 Shots
👉 1 Shot on target
👉 2 Key passes
👉 36 Touches
👉 22 Passes
👉 68.2% Passing accuracy
👉1 Fouls won#manofthematch#nikemanofthematch
.#BelieveInFuture#BelieveInBlues#เชื่อที่จะชล pic.twitter.com/kvyxmqAF3I— Chonburi FC Official (@ChonFCOfficial) March 5, 2022
Fans in Bolkiah’s homeland are reportedly revelling in his turnaround, according to the Mirror. Brunei-based Borneo Bulletin say he is “shining” at his new club.
And it seems as though he’s enjoying the opportunity. Bolkiah is regularly updating his Instagram account – where he boasts more than 230,000 followers – with clips of his performances on the pitch.
If he continues to impress, perhaps in a few months’ time we’ll be reporting on Bolkiah’s return to the big leagues.