Faiq Bolkiah: The World’s Richest Footballer Reveals Biggest Transfer Regret

Faiq Bolkiah: The World’s Richest Footballer Reveals Biggest Transfer Regret

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
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  • Faiq Bolkiah started his football career at AFC Newbury and had stints at many clubs
  • The 24-year-old midfielder has ties with the Brunei royal family and is worth millions
  • He currently plays for Thai outfit Chonburi FC after his nightmarish time in Portugal

Faiq Bolkiah, touted as the world's richest footballer, has chronicled the biggest transfer regret of his career.

The 24-year-old, who once captained the Brunei national team, has represented clubs such as Chelsea and Leicester City at the youth level.

Despite his association with top sides in England, Bolkiah's professional career failed to take off as expected.

Faiq Bolkiah, Sultan, Brunei, royal family, Chonburi, regret, Thailand, Maritimo
Faiq Bolkiah currently plies his trade in Thailand for Chonburi FC after cutting his losses with Maritimo. Photo credit: @ChonFCOfficial
Source: Twitter

His switch to Maritimo did not yield the positive dividends envisaged, hence had to cut his losses and sealed a move to Thai minnows, Chonburi FC in 2021, per Daily Star.

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Reflecting on his career, Bolkiah - who has royal ties as the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei - spoke about his biggest regret in his professional career.

“I had about three or four offers after Leicester," he said to Main Stand, as quoted by SportBIBLE. “Maritimo said to me ‘you’ll come here, you’ll play’ so I said ‘I just want to be here for a year. The main thing for me is I want to play.’ Obviously, that didn’t happen."

Bolkiah said he definitely regretted moving to the club, and believes politics had more to do with why the club sought him.

"I didn’t feel like they were being fully honest. It definitely made me stronger."

Bolkiah signs for Thai club

Sports Brief reported that Bolkiah had gotten another chance to prove himself on the football pitch, after completing a move to Chonburi FC in Thailand.

Before moving to the Thai minnows, the Bruneian was at Maritimo, where he failed to make any league appearances before being released.

Despite being very wealthy and many expecting him not to be troubled by playing football professionally, the 23-year-old has a deep passion for The Beautiful Game.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.