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Gary Lineker facts: Age, net worth, wife, children, parents, siblings, family tree

Gary Lineker is a retired English footballer who was one of the leading strikers in the world during his playing career.

He is the third highest goal scorer among English footballers and holds England’s record maximum number of goals in FIFA World Cup finals.

He was a versatile sportsman in his youth and played both football and cricket but later decided to become a footballer.

He started his career by joining his home town club Leicester City and his prolific goal scoring helped the club to win promotion to the First Division.

After his stint with the Leicester City, he played for Everton for a season.

On the basis of his creditable performance for the English national team in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he was snapped up by Spanish club Barcelona for whom he played for three years.

He played for English club Tottenham Hotspur as well after leaving Barcelona and helped the London based club win an FA Cup.

Following the end of his playing career, he forged a successful media career and is currently a popular sports broadcaster.

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Gary Lineker age

Gary Lineker is 63 years old as of 2023. He was born Gary Winston Lineker on November 30, 1960 in Leicester, England.

He was given his middle name in honour of Winston Churchill, with whom he shares a birthday. He has one brother, Wayne, who is two years his junior.

Lineker grew up with his family in the city, playing football with Wayne. Their father was a greengrocer, as were their grandfather William and great-grandfather George, in Leicester.

Barry Lineker ran Lineker’s fruit and veg stall in Leicester Market, and as a child and a young player Gary regularly helped out on the stall.

Lineker, who is white, received racial abuse as a child for his dark features. Lineker first attended Caldecote Road School (Caldecote Juniors), Braunstone in Leicester (east of the Meridian Centre).

He then went to the City of Leicester Boys’ Grammar School (now City of Leicester College) on Downing Drive in Evington, owing to his preference for football rather than rugby, which was the main sport of most schools near his home.

Lineker was equally talented at both football and cricket. From the ages of 11 to 16 he captained the Leicestershire Schools cricket team, and had felt that he had a higher chance of succeeding at it rather than football.

He later stated on They Think It’s All Over that as a teenager he idolised former England captain David Gower, who was playing for Leicestershire at the time.

During his youth he played for Aylestone Park Youth, later becoming the club’s president.

Lineker left school with four O Levels. One of his teachers wrote on his report card that he “concentrates too much on football” and that he would “never make a living at that”. He then joined the youth academy at Leicester City in 1976.

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Gary Lineker net worth

As of December 2023, Gary Lineker’s net worth is estimated to be $35 Million.

Gary Lineker wife

Gary Lineker does not have a wife as of December 2023, but he has been married twice before.

His first wife was Michelle Cockayne, whom he married in 1986 and divorced in 2006. They have four sons together.

His second wife was Danielle Bux, a model and actress, whom he married in 2009 and divorced in 2016.

Gary Lineker children

Gary Lineker has four children, all sons, from his first marriage with Michelle Cockayne. Their names are George Lineker, Harry Lineker, Tobias Lineker, Angus Lineker.

They are all grown up now and have different careers. George is a co-founder of a business service company, Harry is a producer, Tobias is a DJ, and Angus is a business development manager.

He also considers his ex-wife Danielle Bux’s daughter Ella his stepdaughter and remains close to her.

Gary Lineker parents

Gary Lineker’s parents are Barry Lineker and Margaret Lineker. They were both born and raised in Leicester, England, where Gary was also born on November 30, 19602.

Barry was a greengrocer, and Margaret worked in a cake factory.

Gary Lineker siblings

Gary Lineker has one sibling, a brother named Wayne Lineker. Wayne is two years younger than Gary and works as a DJ and Beach Club owner in Ibiza.

He has also appeared on some reality TV shows, such as The Only Way is Essex and Celebs Go Dating.

Gary Lineker Family

Father: Barry Lineker

Mother: Margaret Lineker

Siblings: Wayne Lineker

Spouse/Ex-: Danielle Lineker, Michelle Cockayne

Children: Angus Lineker, George Lineker, Harry Lineker, Tobias Lineker.

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Who is Gary Lineker?

Gary Lineker is a former professional footballer and a current sports broadcaster. He is the only player to have been the top goalscorer in England with three clubs:

Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. He also played for Barcelona in Spain, and won 80 caps for England.

Hopefully, this article was able to provide you with all the necessary information about Gary Lineker biography


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