Gary Lineker biography

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What do you know about Gary Lineker, the English sport broadcaster? If you are here to learn more about him, we welcome you to Gary Lineker biography.

Today we have a different story to tell you. We have talked about people that had a successful football career and then converted it into a managerial one, or even people that became politicians after their professional career. However, this story is different.

Gary Lineker started his career as a player in the Premier League. He was a talented striker to the point that he was regarded as one of the best strikers in English football. He has played for top-class clubs such as Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, and


. He has also made 80 appearances for his national team, which is England.

He gained his reputation via media and television, he was given a program to present on BBC named Match of the Day, which was a famous show in the late 1990s. he has also played a big role in the sports side of the BBC channel. He is the lead presenter for live football matches. Furthermore, he has also worked for many more channels and networks which we are going to talk about in the upcoming sections of

Gary Lineker biography


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Gary Lineker information

In case it’s your first time reading about this legend we have provided a complete section of his information which would help you to know Gary Linker better and gather some useful information about him.

Personal information

  • Full name

    : Gary Winston Lineker

  • Date of birth

    : 30 November 1960

  • Place of birth

    : Leicester, England

  • Age

    : 60

  • Star sign

    : Sagittarius

  • Marital status

    : Single

  • Religion

    : Jewish

Football information

  • Last team

    : Nagoya Grampus

  • Totall appearances

    : 542 caps

  • Domestic caps

    : 461 caps

  • National caps

    : 81 caps

  • Domestic goals

    : 238

  • National goals

    : 48

  • Position

    : Striker

  • Foot

    : Right

Body measurement and appearance

  • Height

    : 1.77m

  • Weight

    : 74 kg

  • Ethnicity

    : White

  • Hair color

    : Salt and Pepper

  • Eye color

    : Light brown

Now that you have gathered general information about this sports broadcaster, it’s time for us to dig deeper into his personal life and

Gary Lineker life story

. Thus, stay tuned to read more in the next section of

Gary Lineker biography


Gary Lineker early life

Let’s start exploring

Gary Lineker Childhood

. He was born to Barry Lineker and Margaret and

Gary Lineker date of birth

is November 30, 1960, in Leicester, England. From a young age, his talent in football was far beyond obvious, that’s why he attended the City of Leicester Boys’ Grammar School.

This particular school offered better chances to students who wanted to start a football career. At first, it seemed that he wanted to become a professional cricketer rather than a footballer since he played for the school’s cricket team for 5 years, moreover, he was the captain of the team. He was forced to leave the school as his grades were dropping because of his focus on football.

His teachers were not satisfied with his performance at the school and this was the spark that made his career take off like a rocket ship. He soon joined the

youth academy of Leicester City

in 1976.

Now that we have come this far let us review his playstyle, reception, and goal celebration in the next part of the

Gary Lineker biography


Gary Lineker profile

Gary Lineker has played for

Leicester City

for 7 years which is not common for a football player to stay that long in a club, but it was his starting point the place that gave him a chance to shine.

He then moved on to the world’s best clubs, first of them being Everton. Gary Lineker’s adequate play style and his exceptional, spot-on power shots made him quite famous in

the premier league

. He earned his reputation in Everton and even more reputation when he joined Barcelona. We are going to talk about all of these events in the last part of this article but now let us get to his play style.

Style of play

Jamie Vardy

’s playstyle often resembles Gary Linkers. Gary Lineker was an all-and-all out striker. He was a beast that had no leash when it came to one on one situations.

If fed by a precise pass, he could have been a goal machine.

Gary Lineker bio

already confirms that he has scored many goals using his powerful right foot. Pundits say that if he could turn back time to be available again in the premier league he would have been the best striker in the league by contrast.


The highlight of this man’s career was the fact that he had scored 330 goals, including 282 goals at the club level. Basically, he was a goal-scoring machine. He has scored 95 goals in his 194 appearances for his first-team which is Leicester City. He has also been pretty famous for collaboration with Al Jazeera Sports and Eredivisie Live sports channels.

Goal celebration

If you search this title on the world wide web you will get pictures which show Gary Lineker celebrating Barcelona’s goal against


alongside Rio Ferdinand, but as for this article, we are not going to go deeper into the matter.

When it comes to Gary Lineker's goal celebration, there has been no particular way that this celebrity and superstar has shared his joy with his teammates after scoring a goal.

Gary Lineker outside football

Considering the fact that he is working as a sports broadcaster now, his life has been merged with football. Thus everything that he does has a fingerprint of football in it. His life as a reporter has been full of controversies as too many eyes are watching over him. Such as the controversy over Barcelona’s goal and Gary Linker's reaction which provoked many Liverpool fans to attack Gary’s Twitter page.

Besides football and cricket, Gary Lineker also loves to cook and watch documentaries. From his Instagram posts, you can tell that he has a strong passion for cooking and likes to share photos of his dishes with people. Considering

Gary Lineker religion

, he is jewish and is leading a religious life.

Gary Lineker personal life

We would rather call this section “wonders” since we are going to explore some secrets that Gary Lineker hides in his heart. We are going to take a deep look at his personal life, deep enough to acknowledge what has he done until today in his personal life and how his life history has been shaped.

Family, relationships, and children

Gary Linker's parents are Margaret and Barry. He has a brother named Wayne. Gary Lineker's engagement ceremony with Michelle Cockayne was in 1986. The result of this marriage was four sons, George, Harry, Tobias, and Angus. Cockayne demanded a divorce in May 2006. She claimed that Gary had “unreasonable behavior” which caused her unnecessary stress and trauma.

In September 2009, Gary Linkener married Dannielle Bux. But then again it was announced that Lineker and Bux were going to divorce on 13 January 2016. The reason behind it was stated as Gary is unwilling to have more children.


Gary Lineker supports children’s cancer charity and has donated a lot of money on various occasions. Just to mention a few of the charities that he has worked with, Cancer Research UK and Fight for Life are the most famous ones.

Gary and Danielle Bux participated in ITV’s gameshow called Mr. and Mrs. And donated the money they won to the charity.

He has recently donated 140 thousand pounds to the British red cross in order to help them provide the crucial equipment to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legal issues

Gary Linker has never been in a conflict with the law except for his divorce case. Talking about his second divorce, he had to pay a fee of 400 pounds in order to put an end to his marriage.

Gary Lineker career statistics

Football has been an inseparable part of Gary Linekers life, that’s why it’s nearly impossible to talk about his biography and not mention a world related to football. That is why we have provided a whole section to Gary Linkers statistics and football career. We will be discussing his Club statistics from the scratch and then the international side of his professional football career.

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Gary Lineker Started his senior career at Leicester, immediately after leaving his school. He made his professional senior debut in 1979 in a match against

Oldham Athletic

in the Second Division. Next season Leicester managed to climb the division by obtaining the league title but again in the next year (1980-1981) came right back down to the same place he was.

In 1981-82 season, he was used regularly and managed to score 19 goals which are a good enough statistic. Leicester was unlucky in achieving the league title but they reached the FA Cup semifinals. He was enjoying his time in Leicester as he was playing regularly for the team that had been his take-off.

But soon enough, Everton offered Lineker a satisfying offer of an 800-thousand-pound contract which he signed and became a member of the Everton family. He made his debut against his former team, Leicester and in halftime, he walked into the opponent's dressing room by mistake. That season he was the top scorer of the league by 30 goals including 3 hattricks which assisted Everton in finishing the season second. After his retirement, Gary Lineker has stated frequently that Everton has been the best club that he has ever played for.

By winning the golden boot in World Cup, Gary was spotted by Barcelona and was offered a very beneficial contract of 2.8 million pounds. His first debut for the team was against Racing Santander. In which he scored 2 goals, What a first match!

He finished his first season in the new world-class club with a total of 21 goals and 41 appearances which indicated that this legend had fulfilled what was expected from him. Barcelona won various awards that year (1988) including cop del Rey.

He added 42 goals and 103 appearances to his bio while playing in La Liga.

Alex Ferguson offered Gary a contract to sign for

Manchester United

but Gary Lineker signed for Tottenham hotspur instead for 1.1 million pounds. He played 3 seasons for Tottenham managing to score 67 goals and obtaining a total of 105 caps.

The last team that he played for was

Nagoya Grampus Eight

, which he signed for in November 1991. He played in 9 games scoring 23 goals until he got injured and had to decide whether to retire or not. Gary Lineker ended his football career in September 1994, but he started a new career, this time as a sports broadcaster.



Gary Lineker nationality

, his national career started when he was offered to play in the England B national team and he took the chance to make it his first international match. The match was against New Zealands’ B team and England managed to defeat them by a 2-0 home win. However, his first full team Appearance was in 1984 against Scotland.

World Cup 1986 was the event that brought Gary Lineker to the top as he played 5 games and won the Golden Boot, becoming the first English player who has done so. He was at the peak of his potential as he scored the second quickest hat trick against Poland and 2 goals against


. But eventually, Diego Maradona bested Gary Lineker as they faced Argentina in the quarter-final and England’s world cup journey for this tournament was finished.

As for the 1990 world Cup, he led his team to the semi-finals where they had to face the Germans. They lost the match and regarding the matter, Gary Lineker said: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win”.

Ultimately, he decided to fill for retirement while having eighty caps and 48 goals. He was one goal short to reach Bobby Charlton’s England record.

Gary Lineker honors!

Gary has never been short of awards as he has a long list of honors. Let us get to his accomplishments in this section of Gary Lineker's biography.

Leicester City managed to stand at the top of the league table in the 1979-1980 season, this was the only time Gary managed to get a hold of the league title trophy. Everton has a rich history of winning the FA Charity shield and in this scenario, they won the award in 1985. While he was playing for Barcelona, the team managed to win the Copa del ray 1987-88 and European Cup Winners’ cup for 1988-89. Tottenham lifted the FA Cup in 1991 while Gary was in the team.

Now for the individual awards, in his youth years, he came close to winning ballon d'Or in 1986 but was placed second. He has been appointed as the English Second division top scorer in 1982-83 and English First division top scorer in 1984–85, 1985–86, 1989–90.

For his amazing personality, he has won FIFA fair play award in 1990. He has entered the hall of fame of English football in 2003.

To wrap Gary Lineker biography up, we have to say that he is really enjoying his life as a TV sports broadcaster and his retirement have been the right call for him since he seems to be living his life to its fullest, we wish the best for him regardless of his career.

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