Gary Lineker OBE is one of the nation’s best-known footballers and television personalities. As a striker, Gary was famous for his opportunist style of play and ability to poach a goal at any chance, proven by his 95 goals in 194 appearances for his beloved club Leicester City. An eloquent football speaker, Gary engages well with audiences whilst delivering anecdotal tales from his hugely illustrious and diverse career.
After seven years at his home club of Leicester City, Gary completed a highly successful season at Everton, scoring 30 times in 41 appearances, before moving to European giants Barcelona for £2,800,000. Gary enjoyed European top-flight football for three years, winning the Copa del Rey in 1988, as well as the European Cup in 1989. On his return to domestic football in the UK, Gary became a favourite at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 67 goals in 105 appearances.
His continuous quest for success and challenge were the underpinning factors in him leaving his beloved club, Leicester City and again with leaving Everton. Wherever Lineker went he was a prolific goalscorer and always one of the leading goal scorers in which ever league he played in.
Whilst Gary became one of the most successful and desirable players in league football, he also went on to represent his country over 80 times during his career. Gary played five games of the 1986 World Cup, scoring 6 goals in the process and becoming the only Englishman to ever receive the renowned ‘Golden Boot’.
Lineker knows better than most the importance of peak performance and striving to achieve your ambitions, two attributes that relate well as a football speaker to both business and personal environments during after dinner events. Gary’s sporting acumen makes him one of the most desirable sports speakers on the after-dinner circuit.
Gary finished his playing career at Japanese side Nagoya Grampus 8 in 1994, since then Lineker has embarked on a second career in broadcasting and football punditry. Initially placed at BBC Radio 5 Live, Gary went on to become an anchorman of football coverage and presenter of Match of the Day. Having made a number of television appearances in shows such as Brass Eye and films like Bend it like Beckham as well as writing a column in The Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday.
After stints with Al Jazeera and other TV outlets, Lineker was unveiled as the lead presenter of BT Sport's Champions League coverage. Famously, on 13 August 2016, Lineker presented the first Match of the Day of the 2016–17 season wearing only boxer shorts. He 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." Gary has held a long-term relationship with Walker’s Crisps, being the face of their humorous advertisement campaigns for many years.
A huge advocate and supporter of a number of charities, supports children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent and has appeared in promotional clips encouraging people to give blood. Lineker has been actively involved with other cancer charities such as Leukaemia Busters as well as being involved with the Fight for Life and Cancer Research UK charities.
In October 2002, Lineker backed a £5 million bid to rescue his former club Leicester City, which had recently gone into administration, describing his involvement as "charity" rather than an "ego trip." He stated that he would invest a six-figure sum and that other members of his consortium would invest a similar amount. Lineker met with fans' groups to persuade them to try and raise money to rescue his former club. The club was eventually saved from liquidation. Lineker is now honorary Vice President of Leicester City F.C.
A true Leicester City and footballing legend, Gary Lineker has enjoyed a distinguished and illustrious career in the world of football and possess a wealth of knowledge and information about the game. An incredibly charismatic and treasured personality in the footballing community, Lineker will be an extremely fascinating and captivating speaker able to motivate and inspire alongside his ability bring huge entertainment and humour to any audience. Gary Lineker is the perfect football speaker for any event.
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