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World's richest footballer, 23, has contract at Portuguese side Maritimo RESCINDED – Daily Mail

By Natalia Penza For Mailonline


The world’s richest footballer’s dream of making a career in the game has been dented with the announcement he is leaving his current side.
Faiq Bolkiah shot to fame after he was signed up by Southampton‘s academy and had spells at Arsenal and Chelsea before signing a three-year professional contract with Leicester.
The nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who is reportedly worth a whopping £16billion, moved on to Madeiran side Maritimo after being released by the Foxes last summer without making a single appearance.
On Tuesday, Bolkiah’s hopes of his big break took another battering with the news his contract with the top-flight Portuguese side had been rescinded.
The club, currently 15th out of 18th in Portugal’s Primera Liga, said in a statement on its website: ‘We have reached an agreement with the player Faiq Bolkiah to rescind his contract.
Faiq Bolkiah, the world’s richest footballer, has suffered a setback in reaching the top level
‘We thank the player for the effort and dedication he has shown in service of our club, and sincerely wish him professional and personal happiness.’
The club did not offer any reason for the move, which came after the 23-year-old Los Angeles-born player failed to make a single appearance for the senior side and played twice for the B team.
Bolkiah, who last year posted a photo on his Instagram of him meeting Queen Elizabeth, has yet to make any comment on his social media.
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether the athlete, who was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire-educated, would continue to try to pursue his dreams of professional footballing success or decide to hang up his boots early.
Bolkiah (left) was released by Leicester last summer without making a single appearance
The 23-year-old’s contract with top-flight Portuguese side Maritimo was rescinded on Tuesday
The Brunei international was dubbed the richest footballer in the world after his attempts to make it in the beautiful game became public earlier this year.
His dad Jefri is the brother of oil tycoon Hassanal, making Faiq a member of Brunei’s royal family and one of the heirs to the sultan’s fortune.
Jefri is said to have owned 2,300 cars at the height of his wealth, including a fleet of Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces and once spent around £5m on a rug woven with gold threats and jewels.
For Faiq’s seventh birthday, he reportedly flew Michael Jackson in to perform a private concert and paid the late singer £12.5m.
Bolkiah (right) posted a photo on his Instagram of him meeting Queen Elizabeth last year
A post shared by Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (@fjefrib)
A post shared by Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (@fjefrib)
Former Stamford Bridge team-mate Ruben Sammut said he was always ‘humble’ in the dressing room.
He told The Athletic: ‘You would never ever have thought he was something like the 12th in line to the throne.
‘We used to play against him. I think he was at Reading. We didn’t realise who he was and nobody at Chelsea initially knew what his background was.’
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