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Gary Lineker
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Soccer Player
    (November 30, 1960- )
    Born in Leicester, England, United Kingdom
    Played for Leicester City (1978-85), Everton (1985-86), Barcelona (1986-89), Tottenham Hotspur (1989-92) and Nagoya Grampus (1992-94)
    Played for the England national team (1984-92)
    Presenter for the BBC's 'Match of the Day' (1999- )
    Married model Danielle Bux (September 2, 2009)
    Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to association football (1992)
    He said, 'If I had known how difficult it was to be a footballer, I'd have worked harder at school.'
    He repeatedly dithers about whether he should have his ears pinned back. ('They've been ridiculed for much of my life.')
    He got into a Twitter war with Piers Morgan after Morgan was hired as a soccer commentator by Fox.
    He has done so many ads for Walkers crisps that they temporarily renamed the salt and vinegar flavor 'Salt-n-Lineker.'
    He crapped in his pants during a 1990 World Cup match against Ireland. ('It was the most horrendous experience of my life.')
    Even after becoming a pro soccer player, he helped out at his dad's fruit and vegetable stand in the Leicester Market.
    He was the first English player to receive the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the World Cup (1986).
    During a long career, he never received a yellow or red card.
    His oldest son, George, survived a rare form of leukemia as an infant.
    He has been a patron of the charity Leukaemia Busters.
    He headed a £5 million effort to rescue the Leicester City football club from being liquidated, personally investing a six-figure sum (2002).
    On the 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Christmas special, he and rugby union player Austin Healey won £50,000 for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (2008).

Credit: C. Fishel


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