The Richest Soccer Player in the World is Worth $20 Billion

Jett Barnett

And no, it’s not Cristiano Ronaldo

When it comes to soccer, it pays to be at the top of your game.

Today, professional soccer players stand alongside hedge fund managers, private equity managers, and business tycoons as some of the wealthiest people on the planet.

Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, recently signed a massive deal with Al Nassr Football Club in the Saudi Arabian league which pays him $200 million per year.

$200 million dollars from salary alone!

This figure does not include money from endorsement deals and sports sponsorships, which for a megastar like him, is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Kylian Mbappe signed a 3-year contract that pays him $2 million per week.

Lionel Messi earns over $100 million a year between his soccer salary and endorsement deals.

But you may be wondering who the richest footballer in the world is.

The answer is neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi despite their massive contract and endorsement deals.

The richest professional footballer in the world is Faiq Bolkiah.

Bolkiah is a member of the royal family of Brunei and is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the current sultan of Brunei.

He was born in Los Angeles in the USA and attended Bradfield College in England.

Faiq Bolkiah attended Southampton's youth soccer academy and signed a youth contract with Chelsea FC in 2014.

In 2016, he joined Leicester City FC on a three-year professional contract before signing with Maitimo of Portugal's Soccer League.

In December 2021, Bolkiah joined the Thai football team, Chonburi where he still plays.

Coming from the royal family, Bolkiah's wealth is estimated to be $20 billion.

With such massive wealth, he lives in absolute luxury.

Going through his Instagram account, he doesn’t show off much of his wealth.

Faiq Bolkiah is not the only one who lives lavishly.

His father, Jefri Bolkiah, who is the brother of the sultan and a prince of the Brunei royal family, owns 2300 luxury cars.

In 2004, he spent $15 million on his 50th birthday and even hired Michael Jackson to perform for him.

Earning millions of dollars as an athlete is a dream come true for many.

But what if you came from a billion-dollar royal family where you had everything you could ever ask for?

While some soccer stars are chasing the bag, Faiq Bolkiah plays soccer for love, not for money.




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