Gary Lineker, England
Gary Winston Lineker (OBE) was born in Leicester on 30th November, 1960, and was England’s golden boy of the ‘80s. International footballer turned broadcaster, Gary Lineker used to work on his father’s stall in Leicester Market and would later become ‘freeman of the City of Leicester’ and ‘Leicester's Favourite Son’ after his huge footballing success.
Despite his long career, Gary was never once booked for foul play; not one yellow card, let alone a red one! This feat combined with his intelligent play earned Gary Lineker the Mr Nice Guy image.
He began his career with Leicester City in 1976 and made the squad in 1978, where he remained until 1985 upon joining Everton. Scoring 40 goals in 42 games, Lineker then moved on to Barcelona where he won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989. He later returned to England for Tottenham Hotspur and scored numerous goals as well as winning the FA Cup, before finishing up in Japan’s J. League with Nagoya Grampus Eight.
World Cup history
Gary Lineker kicked-off his international career with England against Scotland in 1984 and went on to win the coveted Golden Boot Award at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, with six quality goals. He also played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where England reached the semi-finals, and played his last international game against Sweden at Euro 92.
Lineker fell short of Bobby Charlton’s 49 international goal-scoring tally by one goal, scoring 48 goals in 80 caps. He was substituted in his last match against Sweden, denying him the equalizing chance. Among his many trophies and awards, Gary Lineker was nominated the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1986.
Post playing career
Gary Lineker has also enjoyed a distinguished career off the field, becoming Match of the Day presenter and the BBC’s top man for football coverage in general. He was also team captain for the comical sporting television programme, ‘They Think It's All Over’ and has been involved with trying to rescue cash-strapped Leicester City from the doldrums.