ADNAN RIAZ in FOOTBALL
Last updated 8:54 AM, Tuesday June 09 2020 GMT+1
Juventus superstar Ronaldo, 35, last week was reported as the first footballer in history to record an astonishing $1bn in career earnings.
But Blog Finance FR (via Marca) has now found that neither the five-time Ballon d’Or winner nor fierce rival Messi hold the top spot.
Faiq, who hasn’t made a senior appearance for Leicester, is the nephew of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
And Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Hassanal, who is also prime minister of Brunei, is worth an astonishing $20bn.
While Blog Finance FR didn’t disclose Faiq’s actual earnings, the 22-year-old midfielder was placed ahead of Ronaldo and Messi as the richest footballer in the world.
Ronaldo beat six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to second place and holds an estimated $450m to his name.
Speaking to SPORTbible in an exclusive interview, the Portuguese forward revealed plans to build on his business empire and wants to reach new heights of success with his ventures outside of football. Related news: 10 richest Nigeria football player 2020
“It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve what I have in football,” he said.
“Outside of football I’m not there yet, but I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 per cent.”
Posted below are the 10 richest active footballers in the world, according to Blog Finance FR.
10. Paul Pogba (Manchester United): $85m
9. Eden Hazard (Real Madrid): $100m
8. Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe): $120m
7. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid): $125m
6. Wayne Rooney (Derby County): $160m
5. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain): $185m
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan): $190m
3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): $400m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus): $450m
1. Faiq Bolkiah (Leicester): $20bn