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Not Cristiano Ronaldo or Leo Messi, this South East Asian footballer is the richest in the world

A Google search for ‘richest footballer in the world’ sends up the name of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose estimated net worth is believed to be around $450 million. However, a Leicester City player is said to be 27 times richer than the Portuguese super-star, 33 times wealthier than Lionel Messi and he goes by the name of Faiq Bolkiah.

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The 20-year-old is not only the richest footballer but also the richest sportsman in the world – surpassing the likes of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

How is a 20-year-old the richest sportsman in the world?

Born in Los Angeles, USA on May 9, 1998, Faiq is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who has an estimated worth of $20 billion and was once the wealthiest in the world. The 20-year-old’s father Prince Jefri Bolkiah, as stated by Vanity Fair, has ‘probably gone through more cash than any other human being on earth’.

Prince Jefri is also believed to have over 2300 cars, eight Boeing planes, five yachts and 500 homes on the top of owning several palaces. Famously, he once staged a private Michael Jackson show for his 50th birthday, spending about $17 million on it. There were reports claiming that Prince Jefri spends a whopping $40 million a month!

Faiq, however, despite all the riches that surround him, opted to choose a career in football and now plays for Leicester City’s under-23 side after having featured for the youth sides of Arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton.