Gary Lineker made his name as one of England’s greatest football strikers, before an equally successful transition, becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after sports presenters.
At the BBC Gary hosts the iconic Match of the Day programme, Olympic Games coverage and Sports Personality of the year. He also leads BT Sport’s Champions League coverage, drawing on his experience as a winner of the FA Cup, Cup Winners Cup and the Golden Boot at the World Cup to bring out the best from colleagues and guests.
A Leicester boy to the core, Gary’s playing career began at his local club and culminated in a famous on-screen forfeit when Leicester City won the Premier League. Since 1995 he’s been the face of Walkers Crisps – the longest uninterrupted celebrity endorsement campaign of all-time.
An England captain and one of his country’s highest goalscorers, Gary was also widely admired for the spirit in which he played the game and was famously never booked. A truly international player, his career also took him to Barcelona and Japan, as well as Everton and Tottenham.
Having played at the highest level, Gary offers enormous insight, anecdotes and is a great communicator and facilitator, able to speak with warmth and wit and bring out the best from those he’s working with, whatever the occasion.