World’s richest footballer could afford treble Sheikh Jassim’s offer for Man Utd

Sheikh Jassim's take it or leave it offer for Manchester United could be trebled by the world's richest footballer Faiq Bolkiah.

The Qatari billionaire has reportedly made one last-ditch attempt to beat Sir Jim Ratcliffe in the race to buy the Red Devils. Ratcliffe had emerged as the preferred option for the Raine Group, the merchant bank handling the sale of the club.

So the rival bidder has upped his proposal, which according to talkSPORT is now in excess of £5.5billion. Of that figure, the Glazers would receive £4.8bn for a full sale.

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The rest of the funds are pledged investment into the club and local community, while their debts – which are estimated to be in the region of £536million – would be cleared.

It's an eye-watering sum that would break the world record for the sale of a sports club, but for Bolkiah it's an investment he could comfortably make.

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As the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, he's believed to have a net worth of roughly £20billion. Despite being born into royalty in his home country, the now 25-year-old decided to pursue a career in football.

He spent over a decade playing academy football in England, having spells at Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester, while also trialling with Arsenal, Stoke and Reading.

Bolkiah, who has captained his national team in his six caps, failed to make it as a pro on these shores and ventured to Portugal in 2020, joining Maritimo.

That move didn't work out for him either, though, and resulted in him returning closer to home in December 2021 as he signed for Thai side Chonburi.

But he's now looking for another club after being released. Perhaps he could transition into a boardroom role and challenge Ratcliffe and the Sheikh with an offer of his own….


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