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July 19, 2017

Gary Lineker net worth

By Suren Prasad

Gary Lineker is estimated to be worth £30 million.

Born in Leicester on November 30, 1960, Lineker joined Leicester’s youth academy in 1976 and led Leicester City to the Premier League in 1980 and 1983.

Taking his team to the Premier League at just age 20, what other achievements have earned Lineker his millions?

In 1985, Lineker was bought by Everton for £800,000 and once again scored 30 goals.

Barcelona signed him on in 1986 for £2,800,000, where he scored 21 goals that season. With Barcelona, Lineker won the 1988 Copa del Rey and the 1989 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In 1989 he shifted to Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 24 goals that season and steering Spurs to a 1991 FA Cup win.

Lineker became the second English footballer to score a World Cup hat-trick when he slammed in the second fastest ever against Poland. Lineker was selected for the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and Runner-Up for Golden Ball.

The 1990 World Cup saw Lineker’s four goals ease England into the semis, only to lose to ultimate champions West Germany. Nevertheless, he won the FIFA Fair Play Award.

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For England, Lineker scored four goals in a match twice and is one of the elite few never to have received a yellow or red card.

He retired from professional football after a stint with Nagoya Grampus Eight, Japan’s J League team (1992-94).

He later became a football pundit for BBC, anchoring its flagship football programme Match of the Day and also presented Golden Boots (1998 series). Lineker’s exclusive contract with the BBC stands until 2016, paying him £2 million every year.

A football anchor for NBC and Al Jazeera, Lineker has his name in the English Football Hall of Fame and FIFA 100.

Since 1995, Lineker has been appearing in ads for Walkers Crisps, which adds £1.5 million each year to his bank balance.

In 2002, he helped Leicester City out of bankruptcy with £5 million.

He invested around £500,000 in hi-tech car insurer Ingenie three years back, and now stands to gain £5 million.

He owns an F-type Jaguar worth £90,000.

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