Gary Lineker Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Jan 31, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on May 27, 2022
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About Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker is a former England captain who had represented his country in 80 international games and scored 48 goals.
Gary Lineker has also appeared in numerous club jerseys, including Barcelona, Nagoya Grampus Eight, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton. Gary has never fouled in his 16-year-long professional career and was never shown a red or a yellow card.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Gary Lineker's net worth?

The English national team captain, Gary Lineker, has a net worth of around $35 million.

How much does Gary Lineker earn per year?

For his services, BBC paid him $1.68 million in 2021. The rest of his earnings remain unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Gary Lineker?

The UK footballer is 5 ft 8 in (177 cm) tall.

How old is Gary Lineker?

The former England captain is 61 years old as of 2021.

Childhood And Education

Gary Lineker was born into a family of greengrocers in Leicester, right in the heart of England. The soccer legend was born on November 30, 1960. The soccer player is the elder son of Margaret Abbs Lineker and Barry Lineker. He has a younger brother named Wayne Lineker, two years younger than Gary. The boys helped out at Barry's, their mother's shop, and grew up playing cricket and soccer.
Gary went to the Caldecote Road School but later shifted to the City of Leicester College. The former school was known for its Rugby team, but Gary Lineker preferred cricket and soccer. He immediately hit it off and was the captain of the cricket team. In 1976 he moved to play soccer with the Leicester City youth team.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Gary Lineker's partner?

Gary Lineker married Michelle Cockayne in 1986, but they amicably parted ways after 20 years. The couple has four children, Tobias Lineker, Harry Lineker, Angus Lineker, and George Lineker. His eldest son, George, was diagnosed with Leukemia at a very young age but survived with the help of medical support.
In 2009, the soccer player tied the knot with Danielle Bux, a model from Wales, and though the couple did not have any kids, they split up in early 2016. Danielle Lineker later revealed that he was not interested in more kids, so the couple divorced.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Gary Lineker has scored 48 goals from 80 games for his country. Wayne Rooney has 53 from 120 games, and Bobby Charlton has netted 49 from his 101 appearances.
By 1980, he played for Leicester City's senior team as a forward, and they progressed to the first division. He was scoring prolifically and netted 19 goals the following season. By 1984, Gary Lineker got his national team call, and he played his debut match against Scotland when he entered as a substitute. Everton, the defending first division champion, spotted him and signed him up. In 1985, he played nine games for England and scored six goals. He also scored 38 goals from 52 appearances for his new club Everton. Everton reached the FA Cup final but missed out when they lost to Liverpool, but the team did win the FA Charity Shield in 1985.
Everything changed in 1986 when Gary Lineker reached Mexico to represent England in the FIFA World Cup. He scored a hat-trick against Poland, netted twice against Paraguay, and his team progressed into the quarter-final. Diego Maradona led Argentina was up next, and though Gary scored once, England lost after Diego's controversial Hand Of God goal. For his six goals, the English soccer player was awarded the FIFA World Cup's Golden Boot.  
Overnight he became a superstar, and upon his return to England, Spanish club Barcelona poached him. During his three-year stint in Spain, Lineker played in the La Liga, National Cup, and Continental Cup. From 1986 to 1989, he appeared in 137 games and scored 52 goals. He also scored nine goals from seven appearances for England in 1987.
In mid-1989, he returned to England and joined Tottenham Hotspurs. During his three years with the Spurs, Gary played in the English First Division, National Cup, League Cup, and Continental Cup. He was promoted as the England national side captain in 1990 and stayed until 1992. In 1991, he led his Tottenham Hotspurs to the FA Cup Final and won the match.

Charity Work

The former England captain supports Leukemia Busters, Fight For Life, and CLIC Sargent England-based cancer charities. In early 2020, he donated around $175,000 to the Red Cross for Covid virus research.

What awards has Gary Lineker won?

In 1986, Gary Lineker won the Golden Boot after scoring the highest number of goals during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He also won the FIFA Fair Play Award at the 1990 version of the World Cup held in Italy.

Gary Lineker's Hobbies And Interests

The star UK player now works in the media with giants like BBC, NBC, and Al Jazeera. He is still the highest-paid of all BBC employees and hosts the BBC soccer program 'Match Of The Day.' He also anchors their football coverage, and BBC adds to his net worth.

Other Interesting Gary Lineker Facts And Trivia

  • Gary Lineker, who went on to Captain England, was never shown a yellow or red card ever in his soccer career.
  • Lineker played for his national team between 1984 and 1992 and is England's most prolific goal scorer at the FIFA World Cup finals, with ten goals against his name.
  • In 2018, he supported the campaign called People's vote about the UK's withdrawal from European Union.
  • Gary Lineker still supports the Leicester City team and revived it from bankruptcy. 
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Gary Lineker Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Gary Winston Lineker

Date of Birth

1960-11-29

Nationality

British

Place of Birth

Leicester

Age

Height

177 cm

Eye Color

Light Brown

Occupation

English footballer

Education

City Of Leicester College

Net Worth

35000000

Parents

Barry Lineker, Margaret Lineker

Siblings

Wayne Linker

Annual Earnings

1680000
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