The Match of the Day presenter fronts the BBC’s flagship football show, and also hosts Champions League action on BT Sport
Gary Lineker is one of the most recognisable faces on British television.
Visible every Saturday night on BBC One, the former Tottenham and Leicester City striker fronts the Beeb’s flagship football show, Match of the Day, and is also a regular presenter for BT Sport, covering the Champions League.
Lineker has diversified his portfolio in recent years, and also fronts football coverage for NBC in the United States and Al Jazeera, in the Middle East.
Recent estimates claim that Lineker has a net worth of around £30 million ($40m).
Lineker has repeatedly claimed that he could earn more money were he to leave the BBC, but he has subsidised his income with his work with BT Sport, Al Jazeera and Walkers.
Though he missed the Premier League wage boom, the former striker is still rolling in cash, and is likely to continue to do so as his work shows no signs of abating.
The BBC revealed the salaries of several of its highest-paid employees in July 2017, with Lineker revealed to earn more than £1.75 million per year.
That is four times higher than the next highest-paid BBC Sport pundit, former Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer, who earns between £400,000 and £499,000.
Only Chris Evans, the BBC Radio 2 presenter, earns more than Lineker, raking in between £2.2 and £2.25m per year.
Lineker’s BT salary has not been publicly disclosed.
Lineker has worked with Walkers crisps since 1995, and even revealed in a recent interview that several younger fans believe he is only famous for selling the snack.
“I saw two teenage girls talking amongst themselves saying ‘it’s definitely the Walkers crisp man’ as though I wasn’t there,” he told the London Evening Standard in 2016. “To that generation I am that man.
“To others I present Match of the Day. To other really really old people I used to kick a ball about. But it works. I think it’s by far the longest celebrity endorsed campaign going.”
Lineker earns around £1m per year for his endorsement with the crisp giant.
Lineker has established his own production company, named Goalhanger Films.
On their website they state: “Goalhanger Films is a UK-based television production company specialising in sport. We produce access documentaries featuring major sports stars and Premier League football clubs.
“Our recent slate includes shows such as Wayne Rooney: The Man Behind the Goals; Being Kevin Pietersen; Anthony Joshua: A Legend in the Making; Behind the Badge; Hand of God; and Leicester’s Impossible Dream.”
Lineker has done extensive work with Leukaemia charities since 1992, when his son was diagnosed with the disease as a baby.
He was a patron of Leukaemia Busters between 1994 and 2005 and has encouraged people to donate blood in television adverts for CLIC Sargent. The former striker also opened a Leukaemia Care branch in 2006.
Lineker also works with Sport Relief and presented the 2018 live show, which included former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge boxing reality TV star Spencer Matthews.
Lineker, an OBE, has also worked with the Prince’s Trust, Comic Relief and Cancer Research UK.
Lineker has amassed a considerable following on social media. He is particularly active on Twitter, on which he has 7.3 million followers.
In addition to giving insightful post-match analysis, he is also quite vocal about issues such as UK politics and Brexit.
He has a further 954k followers on his Instagram, which he uses to post photos with his Match of the Day and BBC colleagues.
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