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Gary Lineker
OBE

Lineker in 2011
Born Gary Winston Lineker
(1960-11-30) 30 November 1960 (age 56)
Leicester, England
Occupation Sports broadcaster, former professional footballer
Spouse(s) Michelle Cockayne (m. 1986; div. 2006)
Danielle Bux (m. 2009; div. 2016)
Children 4
Parent(s) Barry Lineker
Margaret Abbs
Association football career
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1976–1978 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1985 Leicester City 194 (95)
1985–1986 Everton 41 (30)
1986–1989 Barcelona 103 (42)
1989–1992 Tottenham Hotspur 105 (67)
1992–1994 Nagoya Grampus Eight 18 (4)
Total 460 (238)
National team
1984 England B 1 (0)
1984–1992 England 80 (48)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

The truth is I don't feel too bad for my age. I actually have a better shape now than I used to.
Gary Lineker
The World Cup is every four years, so it's going to be a perennial problem.
Gary Lineker
If somebody in the crowd spits at you, you've got to swallow it.
I was quite good at football once, although other than that my speciality would be maths. I'm great at sudokus and find all the spin-off games pretty easy too.
Gary Lineker
We are in the entertainment business and we all know if you are top of the tree you get the big money. Those of us who have been in it are the fortunate ones but we understand that we probably don't deserve it as much as the nurses or teachers.
Gary Lineker
When I see old photos of me on the beach I don't look too bad… but it's hard trying to breathe in for such a long time when I spot the photographers!
Gary Lineker
My wife Danielle and I love travelling, different cultures and good weather.
Gary Lineker
The whole kiss-and-tell thing is a negative approach that often happens in a World Cup. We will see negative stories about the players and it can affect their confidence and the overall performance of the national team on the pitch, let alone the bid to actually stage the competition.
Gary Lineker
My eldest son George had acute myeloid leukaemia when he was a tiny baby, he is now 20 and doing very well. He is a mini-miracle in many ways.
Gary Lineker
When you're winning games, everyone thinks everything the manager says and does is fantastic. Then it goes the other way, and those earlier criticisms of players can backfire.
Gary Lineker
I am not leaving twitter. If the mindless few defeat the thoughtful majority we are all doomed.
Gary Lineker
I'm disappearing from twitter for a while. Need a break from the bile. Local prejudice just seems to bring out the worst in some people.
Gary Lineker
The train's always full of football fans going up to see matches. Oh, they make sure I hear their points of view all right. They all want to have their say about their team, and make their opinions known.
Gary Lineker
I've only got a Saturday job so my weekdays are generally pretty free.
That's one of the magical things about the Olympics, Team GB will have someone challenging in a sport that we've never watched and all of a sudden it'll be the biggest thing ever.
Gary Lineker
I know I could never be in a pop band. I honestly have an appalling voice.
Ooh, it's too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets – although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.
Gary Lineker
My fiancee's brother-in-law was recently paralysed in an accident and it really brought home the fact that thousands of young people live with spinal injuries. It's an issue I wish had more coverage.
Gary Lineker
I was only interested in scoring goals. I wasn't interested in anything else.
Gary Lineker
I just think to be a manager you've got to live and breathe and have this incredible enthusiasm for football, the whole thing. And while I love the game, and it's been a large part of my life, it's not the only thing in my life.
Gary Lineker
Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.
Gary Lineker
The best, most successful managers in the modern era are those who can keep a player happy even if he is not in the team. Given the size of the squads and the use of rotation nowadays, that's tougher than it's ever been.
Gary Lineker
We have got too many kids around the house to have a romantic meal at home. But Danielle is a fantastic cook. She does a brilliant lasagne, great roasts and a great chilli dish. She knows the way to my heart.
Gary Lineker
I try to avoid saying 'fantastic' too often and 'obviously' is a dangerous word for all broadcasters.
Gary Lineker
You've got no chance of reaching the top if you're just playing for money.
Gary Lineker
I wouldn't want to go out six nights a week and watch somebody's reserves playing to check out a footballer to see if we're going to buy him.
Gary Lineker
I know I am extraordinarily lucky to be doing what I am doing. I have worked hard along the way and I have been blessed too. I have had a great life.
Gary Lineker