– Faiq Bolkiah is the son of Prince Jefri, the Sultan of Brunei, and remains a heir to £200 billion fortune

– The 22-year-old has decided to pursue a professional career in the game of football

– He has however been unable to break into starting squads and has left Leicester City for Maritimo

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Since joining Premier League club Leicester City in 2016, Faiq Bolkiah who is referred to as the richest footballer, failed to make an appearance for the club’s senior team.

The 22-year-old is the son of Prince Jefri, the Sultan of Brunei, and remains a heir to fortunes worth a staggering £200 billion.

Despite such enormous wealth, the youngster pursued a professional career in football having begun with AFC Newbury in 2009 before he joined Southampton academy.

It was gathered that in 2013 he signed to play for the Arsenal youth team and after a year, Bolkiah joined Chelsea where he trained alongside the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham during his short time with the Blues.

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In 2016, he joined Leicester City and became an instant hero when fans learnt of his rich background, but he failed to make an appearance at the club.

So what’s happened to the guy who ditched a life of guaranteed luxury in pursuit of becoming a footballer?

According to GiveMeSport, having been unable to break into the Foxes’ first team, the 22-year-old left the King Power Stadium club to join Portuguese outfit Maritimo during the summer.

Here’s what happened to Faiq Bolkiah, the world's richest footballer who signed for Leicester in 2016

Faiq Bolkiah has leift Leicester City for Maritimo in Portugal.
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According to his Transfermarkt profile, Bolkiah has been restricted to just one appearance for Maritimo’s U23 side so far.

But given he’s still only 22, there’s still time for the Brunei international to make it at the highest level, especially given his commitment to success within the sport.

His former team-mate at Leicester Kian Williams said:

“I asked him why he wants to be a footballer when his family are already so rich.

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“He said, ‘All my brothers sit at home doing nothing. I want to actually do something. I don’t want to be like them’.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona remains unclear despite having less than six months to the expiration of his current deal.

Five months down the lane, the Argentine has not revealed where he will be playing next season having stalled on signing a new Barca deal.

The Argentine will reportedly be pocketing a staggering sum of £170,000-a-week until 2025 from Barcelona – even if he leaves Camp Nou for another club.

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