Gary Winston Lineker OBE was born on 30 November 1960 in Leicester, England.
Lineker started his football career at his hometown club, Leicester City, making his senior debut on New Year's Day 1979.
Lineker scored 95 goals in 194 domestic league appearances for the club. In his last season with Leicester, Lineker was the First Division's joint top goalscorer with 24 goals.
After impressing at Leicester, Lineker signed for league champions Everton for £800,000. Gary scored 40 goals in 57 games during the 1985–86 season, plus also won both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards.
After impressing at the 1986 World Cup with England, where Lineker won the Golden boot award, Lineker signed to La Liga giants Barcelona for £2.8 million. During his time at the Spanish side, Linker won the Copa del Rey in 1988 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989. With 42 goals in 103 La Liga appearances, Lineker became the highest scoring British player in the competition's history at the time.
In 1989, Lineker signed for Tottenham Hotspur. During his three seasons with Spurs, Gary scored 67 goals in 105 league games. He played a pivotal role in Tottenham's 1991 FA Cup success, after scoring twice in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the semi-final.
Lineker made his international debut for England in 1984, earning 80 caps and scoring 48 goals over an eight-year international career. In the 1986 World Cup Linker received the Golden Boot after scoring six goals for his country. Lineker played a pivotal role in England's iconic progress to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, scoring four goals.
In a senior career which spanned 16 years and 654 competitive games, Lineker scored a total of 331 goals, including 283 goals at club level.
Lineker is the only player to have been the top goalscorer in England with three clubs: Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.