Faiq Bolkiah was dubbed the world’s richest footballer despite only being a reserve team player for Leicester.
The 20-year-old is the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei (Hassanal Bolkiah) – who is worth an estimated $20billion.
You’d think he wouldn’t need to become a professional footballer but he shunned the millions to have a crack at the big time.
Bolkiah has been playing in England for some time, enjoying trials at Southampton and Arsenal.
He also spent a year at Chelsea before leaving for the King Power as he signed a long-term professional deal with Leicester in 2016.
Bolkiah, who was also eligible for the United States, made his international debut for Brunei in the same year aged just 18.
But what has happened to the world’s richest footballer in the years that have followed?
Upon signing for Leicester, Bolkiah was a regular in the club’s academy sides and featured in their UEFA Youth League matches in the 2016/17 season.
Yet since then, his progress has been something of a mystery.
It is unclear if his introduction at the King Power was down to the club’s connections to the Far East.
Multiple Leicester staff members conceded they know next to nothing about the youngster, with almost all of his game time coming internationally.
Bolkiah has not been mentioned on Leicester’s official website since September – when the club provided an update on international call-ups.
It was stated he had featured for Brunei in their last official match against Timor Leste, which his country won 1-0.
He was included on the official 2018 team photo for Leicester’s Development Squad, which he showed off on Instagram.
He also paid an emotional tribute to late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his death in the helicopter crash outside the King Power last month.
In August, he revealed he was missing the Suzuki Cup with Brunei but suggested he would be back soon.
It appears he hasn’t featured for Leicester’s youth sides since.
Whether or not he will continue his quest to make it to the top remains to be seen.
And let’s face it, the financial reward won’t be a factor.
Source: Mirror UK