Gary Lineker’s name is synonymous with British football. During his playing days, Gary featured for hometown Leicester City, as well as Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, giants FC Barcelona and Nagoya Grampus Eight. He remains one of the most revered forwards in the history of the England National Team, having distinguished himself scoring the most goals at FIFA World Cup Finals.
Throughout a decorated career, extraordinary accolades include winning the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup, twice securing the Footballer of the Year Award and being voted runner up in the 1986 Ballon D'Or.
At the conclusion of his football career, Gary entered the broadcasting world and has flourished in several roles, most notably as host of the BBC’s immensely popular highlights and analysis show, Match of the Day. His expert knowledge of the game and charismatic persona led to further opportunities: Gary hosted BT Sport’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League for six years and he currently heads LaLiga TV's coverage of Spanish football for viewers in the UK and Ireland.
His ease in front of the camera served him well when he was chosen as the main presenter throughout the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. His calm and controlled manner ensured that the opportunity was both a personal and national success.
Away from football, Gary is a brand ambassador for Walkers Crisps. Produced in his home county of Leicestershire, the affiliation is the longest between a celebrity and brand in the world. Respectably never losing the connection to his roots, he is referred to as “Leicester’s favourite son” and has been honourably awarded the city’s freedom.
Gary is a passionate charity ambassador and has donated £140,000 to the British Red Cross emergency response team to help fight Coronavirus. To donate and support this cause, please visit Gary's JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/britishredcrossresponse