Gary Lineker will present the BBC’s coverage of the Euro 2020 final tonight. England and Italy will face off at Wembley Stadium in what promises to be an exciting football match.
Gary was born in Leicester in 1960 and has a younger brother, Wayne.
The two boys played football together growing up and Gary played for Aylestone Park Youth, later becoming the club’s president.
After leaving school with just four O levels, Gary joined Leicester City Youth Academy in 1976.
He played for his home club until 1985, after scoring 24 goals for the team while they were in the Premier League from 1984 to 1985.
In 1985, Everton signed Gary for Â£ 800,000, and the football legend scored 40 goals in just 57 games during his first season at the club.
Gary reached the FA Cup final with Everton, but they missed the trophy, losing 3-1 to Liverpool.
Gary’s stint at Everton was short, as the talented footballer moved to Barcelona in 1986.
He scored 21 goals in 41 games in his first season at the club, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in 1988 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1989.
In 1989 Gary signed for Tottenham Hotspur for Â£ 1.1million.
In three seasons, he scored 67 goals in 105 league appearances and won the 1991 FA Cup final with the team.
Gary’s last club before his retirement in 1994 was Nagoya Grampus, which he signed for in 1993.
The former footballer also played for the England national team, becoming the first England player to win the Golden Boot after the 1986 World Cup, and scoring two goals in the World Cup quarter-finals 1990 against Cameroon.
After retiring from professional football, Gary worked for BBC Radio Five Live as a football expert before becoming the BBC’s presenter for football coverage.
He presented They Think It’s All Over and Grandstand, as well as Match of the Day.
Gary was married to Michelle Cockayne from 1986 to 2006, and the couple have four sons.
Interestingly, Gary speaks Spanish and is an advocate for teaching foreign languages ââin British schools.