63 Facts About Gary Lineker

1. Gary Lineker used his personal Twitter account to praise Rashford after he netted the winner on Sunday.

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2. Gary Lineker is yet to comment on social media and made no mention of it on Saturday evening's Match of the Day.

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3. Gary Lineker was one of the best strikers in English football.

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4. In 1991 FA Cup Final Gary Lineker missed the penalty against Nottingham Forest, but his team went on to win the game.

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5. At the 1990 World Cup Gary Lineker helped England make it to the semifinals; but in a close game, where Lineker kicked an equalizing point in the final stages of the game, England lost to Germany.

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6. Gary Lineker turned professional in 1979 and made his debut in a Leicester City vs Oldham Athletic.

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7. Gary Lineker was educated a Caldecote Juniors and Braunstone in Leicester.

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8. Gary Lineker was born on the 30 November 1960 in Leicester, England.

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9. In November 2017, Gary Lineker was named in the Paradise Papers in connection with a tax avoidance scheme relating to property owned in Barbados and a company set-up in the British Virgin Islands.

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10. Gary Lineker has appeared in a number of adverts for the Leicester-based snack company Walkers since 1994, originally signing a £200,000 deal.

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11. Gary Lineker described the controversy as "a spanking" but continued to advocate for refugees.

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12. Gary Lineker posted "The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless.

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13. Gary Lineker had promised in a tweet from December 2015 that, if Leicester City won the Premier League, he would "present Match of the Day in just my undies".

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14. Gary Lineker presented a six-part TV series for the BBC in 1998 called Golden Boots, with other football celebrities.

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15. Gary Lineker appeared in the 1991 play An Evening with Gary Lineker by Arthur Smith and Chris England, which was adapted for television in 1994.

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16. Gary Lineker was visibly upset at the decision, not looking at Taylor as he took the bench.

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17. Gary Lineker had earlier missed a penalty that would have brought him level, in a pre-tournament friendly against Brazil.

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18. Gary Lineker was unwell during the tournament, and accidentally defecated during the opening group game against the Republic of Ireland.

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19. In 1988, Gary Lineker played in Euro 88, but failed to score as England lost all three Group games.

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20. Gary Lineker scored for England in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina, but the game ended in defeat as Diego Maradona scored twice for the opposition.

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21. Gary Lineker played five games in the 1986 World Cup and was top scorer of the tournament with six goals, winning the Golden Boot, making him the first English player to have done so.

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22. Gary Lineker was again the First Division's leading goal scorer, this time with 30 goals, and helped Everton finish second in the league.

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23. Gary Lineker is the only player to have been the top scorer in England with three clubs.

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24. Gary Lineker was top scorer in the 1986 World Cup and received the Golden Boot, the only time an Englishman had done so until Harry Kane in the 2018 World Cup.

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25. Gary Lineker has revealed he was once offered a trial by Celtic as a boy, before going on to become on of England's all-time top-scorers and greatest-ever players.

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26. Gary Lineker has hailed Arsenal rising star Reiss Nelson on Twitter for "performing so brilliantly in Germany".

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27. Gary Lineker has revealed that he could have been a Celtic player.

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28. Gary Lineker has revealed that he had an offer to go on trial with Leeds United before his career kick-started at Leicester City.

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29. Gary Lineker dismissed the Italian as "an uninspired choice", Tony Cottee thought it was a "huge gamble" and Harry Redknapp added: "After what happened with Greece, I am surprised he can walk back into the Premier League.

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30. Leicester City legend Gary Lineker will be appearing as a ghostly apparition of the feared pirate Captain Flint in a world premier version of Treasure Island at Leicester's Haymarket Theatre next month.

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31. Gary Lineker will show off his best pirate accent as he portrays the villainous Captain Flint in a pre-filmed cameo in a new production of Treasure Island.

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32. Gary Lineker is to appear as a projection in the world premiere of Sandi Toksvig's Treasure Island at the Leicester Haymarket.

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33. Gary Lineker has hailed Wolves rising star Morgan Gibbs-White on Twitter ahead of his team's Premier League clash against Arsenal on Saturday evening.

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34. Gary Lineker reacts on Twitter after Sergio Aguero shows off his new look.

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35. Gary Lineker tweeted in 2017: "Is it me or is Benzema a tad overrated?" Unsurprisingly, the Madrid star wasn't too fond of what the former England international had to say about him.

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36. Gary Lineker was forced to step in and intervene on Twitter in defence of Raheem Sterling during Man City's Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.

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37. Gary Lineker reacts to Arsenal's performance vs Liverpool with one honest tweet.

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38. Gary Lineker has taken to Twitter to give his reaction to Arsenal's draw with Liverpool on Saturday evening.

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39. Gary Lineker wished his former England teammate a speedy recovery on Twitter.

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40. Gary Lineker has recalled the moment he learned about the tragic Leicester City helicopter crash.

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41. Gary Lineker says 'it's going to be a difficult period' for Leicester City in wake of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's death.

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42. Gary Lineker reacts after Lee Probert is criticised for booking Demarai Gray.

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43. Gary Lineker has taken to social media to admit that Arsenal have made "significant" progress under new manager Unai Emery this season.

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44. Gary Lineker sends message to Arsenal fans about Unai Emery.

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45. Gary Lineker has opened up about his son George's battle with a rare blood cancer when he was a baby.

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46. Gary Lineker received a lot of praise for Match of the Day introduction.

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47. Gary Lineker has praised Derby County's display against Chelsea last night.

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48. Gary Lineker reacts on Twitter to Derby County's display against Chelsea.

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49. Gary Lineker has taken to social media to share his own personal tribute for the Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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50. Gary Lineker opens up about his son's childhood leukaemia battle.

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51. Gary Lineker calls Saturday's Match of the Day 'the most difficult he's ever hosted'.

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52. Gary Lineker has paid a warm tribute to the late Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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53. In 2013, Gary Lineker participated in the genealogical programme Who Do You Think You Are? during which he discovered an ancestor who was a poacher, and another who was a legal clerk.

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54. Gary Lineker was made a freeman of the City of Leicester in 1995 and he is often referred to as "Leicester's favourite son".

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55. In July 2018, Gary Lineker announced his support for People's Vote a campaign group calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union.

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56. On 9 June 2015, Gary Lineker was unveiled as the lead presenter of BT Sport's Champions League coverage.

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57. In 2013, Gary Lineker began working for NBCSN as part of their Premier League coverage, and contributing to the US version of Match of the Day.

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58. In December 2008, Gary Lineker appeared on the ITV1 television programme Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? where he and English rugby union player Austin Healey won £50,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

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59. In 2006, Gary Lineker took on an acting role as the voice of Underground Ernie on the BBC's children's channel, CBeebies.

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60. In 2002, Gary Lineker had a cameo appearance in the film Bend It Like Beckham.

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61. In November 1991, Gary Lineker accepted an offer of a two-year contract from J1 League club Nagoya Grampus Eight.

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62. Gary Lineker played in Barcelona's shock home and away defeats to Dundee United.

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63. Even though he enjoyed a long career, Gary Lineker never received a yellow or red card.

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