“I asked him why he wanted to be a soccer player when he came from such a rich family. He replied, “All of my brothers live in silk velvet, they don’t like to do anything. I don’t want to be like them, I want to do something. Really special and meaningful for my life ”.
Faiq, grandson of Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. His father Jefri Bolkiah – Prince Brunei is also a notorious “oil tycoon”. Faiq himself is one of the heirs of a huge fortune of … 200 billion pounds.
But that Faiq, despite playing with the Chelsea youth team with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, met the Queen of England during his time on Leicester’s payroll, spent 10 years … quietly in the Premier League.
Faiq Bolkiah was born in Los Angeles in May 1998. But Faiq’s childhood and school years were at Thorngrove Prep in Highclere, upstate Newbury, England. Growing up in English football culture, Faiq fell in love with the ball.
The peaceful and private life in Faiq’s Berkshire countryside (with cousin Ukasyah, son of former NBA athlete Dennis Wallace) is of course the complete opposite of his family’s “terrible” luxury. in Brunei, where Faiq – Prince of Brunei Jefri once spent up to 17 million USD just to invite Michael Jackson to perform at his 50th birthday party.
Faiq, who has 17 siblings, has absolutely no interest in becoming a “Playboy King” like his father. “I grew up in England, where football is the way of life for the people here. Absolutely, I love football and have been friends with the ball from a very young age.
In a rare interview with the Brunei media, Faiq said on Progresif Radio in 2018: “I am just an ordinary young man who loves sports and is passionate about football. All I know is FOOTBALL.
Faiq began his football practice at Woolton Hill Argyle, a small club in Berkshire before he and his cousin Ukasyah moved to AFC Newbury Academy at the age of 10. The first impression of Paul Morgan, U11 coach AFC Newbury at that time about the Bolkiah brothers, especially Faiq, was of course gifted with football.
It was not until the two boys had the information in the registration form to join the team that Morgan knew that the Bolkiah brothers were in the form of … the brooch. “In the Faiq registry, the boy’s address was Wotton Hill, a mansion rebuilt on the basis of the famous (old) Hollington House hotel. Here someone does not know, it is the real estate owned by the Royal Brunei “- Morgan recalls.
“But Faiq as well as his cousin are lovable, humble boys who are absolutely unaffected by (bad) because of their terrible background. Those are well-raised and educated boys ”.
“He came to Portugal looking for the best opportunity to play football. To me, Faiq is a good player ”, said Claudio Winck – defender Maritimo. “You have to watch Faiq practice” frantically “every day to understand his efforts and desires. Faiq is young and I believe he will have a bright future ahead of him.