The 23-year-old winger Bolika, who is a nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, has previously spent time with several English clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City.
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The richest footballer in the world, Fayez Bolikia has finally found his footing after transferring to the career lifeline of Thai side Chunburi FC.
The 23-year-old nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, worth £ 16bn, was released in December by Portuguese top flight side Maritimo, after failing to make a senior first-team appearance. But the Buccaneers, who have been enchanted by several Premier League clubs, including a failed trial at Arsenal, time in Chelsea and a long time with Leicester City, have swept them into South East Asia.
The winger, who was given the No. 11 shirt at his new club, has yet to get on the scoresheet but already has three assists to his name in 10 appearances, five of which have started. And he has twice been named Man of the Match for Chimburi twice, who is currently sixth in the league and only four points behind third-placed Chengai United.
The shift in Bolivia’s footballing fortunes means that he has finally been able to cure his fans on his social media pitch, rather than just a glimpse of his glamorous life. He now regularly produces photos and videos for his 232,000 Instagram followers in action for his new club, including footage of him shooting around rival guards before firing at a cross or firing a shot.
Chonburi FC tote its impressive numbers after their last Man of the Match performance against Chiang Mai United earlier this month, including three shots and 68.2 percent passing accuracy. His stunning start with Thai clothing means he has every opportunity to see his contract, which expires in May 2023.
The 23-year-old has six senior international caps, and fans in his hometown are delighted at his unexpected success following his years of footballing frustration. The Brunei-based Borneo Bulletin says it is “glowing” in a Thai top flight.
News of the lifeline of the Bolivian career’s career emerged after he was released from Maritimo late last year. Chunbury boss Sassit Sangtodung insisted when the player was signed not because of his quality but because of his background.
He told the club’s website: “It’s really exciting that the team has the players to hit the media around the world. He’s the richest footballer in the world, but he’s off the pitch.” Pay attention. Which will increase their capacity.
“First of all we may feel that he is a professional – he did not want to get any more privileges than a professional footballer. I believe he will be a good choice for us to attack because he has great skills. And he has the skills, including the experience – he’s played in England a lot, too. It would be good for our club to have a fight for the Thai league.
Soon after signing for Chonburi, Boccia said: “I’m really happy and everyone has helped me get a really good deal. The players are really good and all the staff helped me. For the past two years I don’t think I’ve had much of a chance to show what I can do on the pitch in the final spot.
“So, I had to be really careful about my next destination so that I could have a chance to show what I could do. After talking to the coach, it was an important reason why I came here. I feel this is the right place to start at this stage of my career.
The Brunei international has been named the world’s richest footballer when efforts to make it into a beautiful game went public earlier this year. His father, Jeffrey, is the brother of the oil tycoon Hassanal, who inherits the honor of belonging to the royal family of Brunei and the wealth of the Sultan.
Jeffrey is said to have 2,300 vehicles at the height of his wealth, including a plane from Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces and once spent about £ 5 million on a carpet full of gold letters and jewelry. For the seventh birthday of the band, he allegedly flown Michael Jackson to a private concert and paid the late singer £ 12.5 million.
Former Stamford Bridge teammate Matt Robin Summit said Bolivia was always “humble” in the dressing room. “You would never have thought he was something like the 12th in line to the throne,” Summitt told Athlete 2020.
“We were playing against him. I think he was studying. We had no idea who he was and no one in Chelsea initially knew what his background was.”
Born in Los Angeles, Bolivia, which has a picture on Instagram of her meeting Queen Elizabeth, gained fame after signing up for Southampton’s academy. After a spell at Arsenal and Chelsea he signed a three-year contract with Leicester but only one appearance for their U19 team.
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