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Michael Jackson sang for world's richest footballer at private gig for eight-figure fee
28/12/2021 14:20:30

Michael Jackson once performed a private concert for the world's richest footballer after being paid an eight-figure fee.

Faiq Bolkiah, 23, is believed to be the richest footballer in the world due to his uncle, the Sultan of Brunei, having a net worth of an estimated £16billion.

Bolkiah has previously posted pictures of him with the Queen on social media and spent time in England earlier in his football career.

He played for Premier League academies at Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester City but never made a senior appearance while in England and after a spell in Portugal joined Thai side Chonburi earlier this month.

However, it is the lavish spending of his father, Jefri, that is perhaps the most eccentric aspect of Bolkiah's upbringing.

His dad is said to have once owned over 2,000 cars and spent £5million on a rug laced with gold threads and expensive jewels.

It was Jefri who paid for a special guest at Bolkiah's seventh birthday, which coincided with the Prince of Brunei turning 50 himself.

Jefri is understood to have hired 13-time Grammy winner Jackson to perform at Faiq's 7th birthday party, having also built an entire stadium especially for the occasion.

Jackson was flown in to perform and was reportedly paid a total of £12.5million to perform for Bolkiah and his family.

Brunei international Bolkiah has six caps for his country, having chosen to play for them despite being eligible for the USA.

Bolkiah was born in Los Angeles before attending school in England, meaning he could have also played for the USA.

It was during his time at school in England that he caught the attention of Premier League scouts and joined Southampton's academy.

After spells with the Saints, Chelsea and Leicester he moved to Portugal to play for Maritimo B before heading to Thailand earlier this month.

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