• Gary Lineker is one of the most famous football presenters on television

  • Lineker scored 48 goals for England, making him the nation’s third highest goal scorer

  • The Match of the Day presenter agreed to take a £400,000 pay cut recently

If you’re familiar with betting on football, you’ll be familiar with Gary Lineker. One of the most recognisable faces in the sport, Lineker is here, there and everywhere.

An expert at hitting the right tone, Lineker is the best football broadcaster around. In terms of longevity, he is the presenter that aspiring youngsters look up to.

Much has been made of Gary Lineker salary figures over the years but there is no doubting that he is exceptionally talented. He sets the benchmark for broadcast journalism.

Without further ado, it is time to dive into Lineker’s net worth and personal life. A football icon around the world, he will be sorely missed when he eventually decides to step down.

How Much Is Gary Lineker Worth?

According to various sources, Gary Lineker wealth is an estimated £30 million. The Match of the Day presenter is known around the world for his role as one of football’s top pundits.


Lineker has an endorsement deal with Walkers Crisps, an agreement that earns the Leicester legend around £1.5 million each year.

Furthermore, Lineker also used to front Champions League coverage on BT Sport, which will have bolstered his bank balance further. 

Gary Lineker Age

So, how old is Gary Lineker? Well, the England star was born on 30th November 1960. He turned 63 in November 2023. 

Born and bred in Leicester, Lineker is proud of his roots and he was football mad from a young age.

In fact, one schoolteacher commented how he would “never make a living” from the sport. It would be fair to state that football prediction was slightly out…

Gary Lineker Wife

Gary Lineker married Michelle Cockayne in May 1986, with the couple celebrating the birth of four sons during their marriage.

Sadly, Lineker and Cockayne parted ways with an amicable divorce in May 2006 but Lineker found love again with Danielle Bux just three years later.

However, they too decided to divorce – with reports stating that Lineker’s stance on not wanting any more children being a key factor in the split.

Gary Lineker Children

Lineker has four children with first wife Michelle; George, Harry, Tobias and Angus.

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In the early 1990s, George battled a rare form of leukaemia and survived with the help of those at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The pair have a close bond, often joking with one another on Twitter and Lineker regularly appears for cancer charities at fundraisers and promotional events.

Gary Lineker Brother

Wayne Lineker is Gary’s younger brother, though there are just two years between the two siblings.

Wayne has a cult following of his own, with the entrepreneur owning a number of nightlife properties out in Ibiza. He has gone viral on social media on numerous occasions as a result.

In addition, Wayne Lineker appeared on Celebs go Dating in 2021. Wayne has a rather specific set of requirements for his dream woman but fingers crossed he finds love on the show.

Gary Lineker Match Of The Day

Younger football fans will know Lineker predominantly for his work on Match of the Day. The Leicester legend has presented the BBC show since Des Lynam retired in 1999.

Match of the Day is one of the most popular football shows around, with discussion over the title race, relegation battles and Premier League odds ahead of big matches.

Lineker famously declared that he would present Match of the Day in his underpants if his beloved Leicester City won the Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign.

He duly obliged after Leicester’s miracle success, presenting the first episode of the 2016/17 series in a pair of Leicester boxer shorts. Not quite underpants but we’ll let him off…

Gary Lineker Salary

Gary Lineker was the highest earning BBC presenter in 2019/20, earning a staggering £1.75 million before taking a 23% pay cut ahead of the new financial year.

The topic of Gary Lineker BBC salary figures has raised eyebrows in the past but the England legend’s earnings are now competitive with his fellow BBC stars.

For example, Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball has seen her BBC salary soar in recent times. She is now estimated to be one of the top earning female presenters around.

Gary Lineker Twitter

One of the most vocal sportsmen on social media, Lineker isn’t afraid to share his thoughts on his Twitter channel.

At the time of writing, Gary Lineker has 8.9 million Twitter followers and that makes him one of the most followed football pundits on the internet.

With his perfect blend of wit and intellect, Lineker has a unique ability to engage interaction from followers – no matter what the direction of his Tweet. 

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo*

Sam is a sports tipster, specialising in the Premier League and Champions League.

He covers most sports, including cricket and Formula One. Sam particularly enjoys those on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – notably MLB and NBA.

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Having been writing for several years, Sam has been working with 888Sport since 2016, contributing multiple articles per week to the blog.