Gary Lineker is one of the best known and most widely admired football players in the world, with a 48 goal tally for England that places him second only to Bobby Charlton. Since retiring from the pitch in 1994, he has become a well known TV presenter, hosting the BBC's flagship programme Match of the Day since the late 1990s. He has also worked for Al Jazeera Sports, Eredivisie Live, NBC Sports Network and BT Sport. His BBC Television work also includes reporting at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and presenting the London 2012 Olympics.
Gary began his football career at Leicester City. Despite failing to score in his first ten games, he finished as the First Division's joint top goalscorer in 1984-1985. He then moved to play for League Champions Everton, scoring 30 goals in 41 games. He subsequently moved to Barcelona in Spain, where he won the Copa del Rey in 1988 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989. He returned to England in 1989, joining Tottenham Hotspur, and over three seasons he scored 67 goals in 105 games and also helped Tottenham secure the FA Cup. Gary's final club was Nagoya Grampus Eight and he retired in 1994 after two seasons at the Japanese side.
Gary made his England debut in 1984, earning 80 caps and scoring forty-eight goals over an eight-year international career, finishing as England's third highest scorer behind Wayne Rooney and Bobby Charlton. His international goals-to-games ratio remains one of the best for the country. He was top scorer in the 1986 World Cup and is also the only player to have won the English golden boot with three different clubs (Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur).
Since his retirement from professional football, Gary has developed a hugely successful career in the media, initially on BBC Radio 5 Live and as a football pundit, before replacing Des Lynam as the BBC's anchorman for football coverage, and as a team captain on the BBC sports game show They Think It's All Over (from 1995 to 2003). Following the departure of Steve Rider from the BBC, Gary, who is a keen recreational golfer with a handicap of four, became the new presenter for the BBC's golf coverage. In 2013, he began working for NBC Sports Network as part of their Premier League coverage, and he currently contributes to the American version of Match of the Day. In 2015, Gary became the lead presenter of BT Sport's UEFA Champions League coverage.
Since 1995, Gary has also been the face of the extremely popular and successful advertising campaign for Walkers Crisps.
Gary makes an ideal Awards Host, Presenter and After-dinner Speaker, for Golf/Sports Days and a wide range of corporate functions. To book him, contact Prime Performers using the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222.
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