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Gary Lineker

Full name: Gary Lineker
Shirt number for Barça:
Nationality: English
Position: Forward
Transfered to Barça from: Everton FC
Transfered from Barça to: Tottenham Hotspurs

Gary Winston Lineker. English footballer who was considered one of the best forwards of his time during the 80’s claims supported by his scoring records and the different awards he received,such as the European Silver Ball in 1986, awarded to the second best player in Europe.

Lineker appeared for his local club, Leicester, where he made his debut in the English Permiership at the age of 19. In his two only seasons in Leicester, the young Lineker scored a total of 50 goals and grabbed the attention of the big European clubs, which started bidding for his services.

He signed for Everton in the summer of 1985 and played one season for the Liverpool club. He scored 39 goals, and contributed to the 'Blues' winning the English and League cup.

Lineker was already an idol among the English youth when the 1986 World Cup in Mexico arrived. Lineker was the lead scorer in the tournament with 6 goals, and consolidated himself as one of the best forwards in the world. Furthermore, in 1986, he received the Silver Ball recognized as the second best European player of the year.

After his success in Mexico he signed for FC Barcelona in the summer of 1986. He managed to surpass the legend that no Englishman can prevail outside of the islands. Lineker demonstrated his scoring instinct in Spain during each of the three seasons he played ther.

In the 1986-87 and 1987-88 season he scored 20 and 16 goals respectively, excluding the ones scored in the Copa Del Rey Cup games and European competions. In the 1988-89 season he abruptly lowered his scoring numbers due to the fact that the new Barcelona coach, Johan Cruyff, played him as a left winger.

During his years in Barcelona, Lineker won a King's Cup (1988) and one European Cup Winner's Cup (1989).

In 1989, he returned to England with Tottenham Hotspur. He stayed there for three seasons with the Spurs, where he won the English cup in 1992. That same year he accepted a multimillionaire offer from Nagoya Grampus Eight, a team from the Japanese league, where Lineker ended his brilliant career. Lineker has been a pundit for the BBC since 1995.