Former Chelsea player Faiq Bolkiah, arguably the richest footballer in the world with a net worth of £16billion ($20bn), has admitted he regrets joining Portuguese club Maritimo.
Faiq Bolkiah is worth more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined. Messi is worth a reported £511million and Ronaldo approximately £412m, both reported by the the Express.
As the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Faiq never truly had to work a day in his life but that did not stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Faiq joined Chelsea as a 17 year old in 2014 on a two year contract where he plied his trade for the reserves before leaving for Leicester on a four-year deal.
He never achieved his dream of playing in the Premier League and never even made the bench for the Blues or the Foxes and eventually left on a free transfer for Portuguese side Maritimo.
However, his fortunes did not improve much there either – though he did manage to break into the B team, making three appearances in the 2020/21 season.
Now aged 24, Bolkiah is a key player for Chonburi in the top division of Thai football, where he has made 26 appearances and scored twice.
“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,” he told the Main Stand earlier this year via talkSPORT.
“I definitely regret moving there. I feel like there was a lot of politics to do with it as well, why Maritimo wanted me. I didn’t feel like they were being fully honest.
“It definitely made me stronger. It definitely made me work harder and keep my head down. That didn’t change for sure. But I definitely made the right decision to leave.
“I had another two years left on my contract there. They changed presidents at the time, I went in there and they understood my situation. It wouldn’t have done me or the club any good for me to be there longer.”