Soccer is a game for 22 people that run around, play the ball, and one referee who makes a slew of mistakes, and in the end Germany always wins.

— Gary Lineker

The most emotional Gary Lineker quotes that will add value to your life

My eldest son George had acute myeloid leukaemia when he was a tiny baby, he is now 20 and doing very well. He is a mini-miracle in many ways.

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Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.

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A handball is when your hand touches the ball.

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I am not leaving twitter. If the mindless few defeat the thoughtful majority we are all doomed.

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My fiancee's brother-in-law was recently paralysed in an accident and it really brought home the fact that thousands of young people live with spinal injuries. It's an issue I wish had more coverage.

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If someone in the crowd spits at you, you have just got to swallow it.

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My wife Danielle and I love travelling, different cultures and good weather.

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The best, most successful managers in the modern era are those who can keep a player happy even if he is not in the team. Given the size of the squads and the use of rotation nowadays, that's tougher than it's ever been.

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You've got no chance of reaching the top if you're just playing for money.

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When you're winning games, everyone thinks everything the manager says and does is fantastic. Then it goes the other way, and those earlier criticisms of players can backfire.

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Chris Hughton has been sacked by Norwich. Now? With 5 games to go? Utterly bonkers!

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He's got great credentials by winning the World Cup, but he did it with Brazil - my granny could probably have managed Brazil to World Cup success.

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About Gary Lineker

Quotes 42 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

Messi doesn't have to do it in the Premier League to prove himself.

The Champions League is the ultimate club competition. If he was in the Premier League, he'd be the best player by some distance.

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We are in the entertainment business and we all know if you are top of the tree you get the big money. Those of us who have been in it are the fortunate ones but we understand that we probably don't deserve it as much as the nurses or teachers.

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There's no in between-you're either good or bad. We were in between.

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The World Cup is every four years, so it's going to be a perennial problem.

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I'm disappearing from twitter for a while.

Need a break from the bile. Local prejudice just seems to bring out the worst in some people.

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Ageing footballers never lose their commitment; they just lose their pace

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That's one of the magical things about the Olympics, Team GB will have someone challenging in a sport that we've never watched and all of a sudden it'll be the biggest thing ever.

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You can never really justify wages in the entertainment business, but it is what it is.

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To be honest, it would have been better to watch it on Ceefax.

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I know I am extraordinarily lucky to be doing what I am doing.

I have worked hard along the way and I have been blessed too. I have had a great life.

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The train's always full of football fans going up to see matches.

Oh, they make sure I hear their points of view all right. They all want to have their say about their team, and make their opinions known.

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I know I could never be in a pop band. I honestly have an appalling voice.

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I try to avoid saying 'fantastic' too often and 'obviously' is a dangerous word for all broadcasters.

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Very sad to hear the news about George Michael.

An incredible talent who brought joy to millions of us with his music.

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Ooh, it's too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets - although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.

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Messi always makes the right decision, whether it's a pass or a finish. He's a little genius.

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Speaking Spanish and Japanese has opened doors in my career and helped me bridge cultural differences, both in my personal and business life. During my football career I realised quickly what difference language skills can make

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When I see old photos of me on the beach I don't look too bad.

.. but it's hard trying to breathe in for such a long time when I spot the photographers!

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We have got too many kids around the house to have a romantic meal at home.

But Danielle is a fantastic cook. She does a brilliant lasagne, great roasts and a great chilli dish. She knows the way to my heart.

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Wouldn't it be lovely if death gave us a day's notice so giants like George Michael could see how much they were revered and adored.

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Footballers are more likely to work better if they get a pat on their back from the boss. A knife in the back is never the answer.

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...an excellent player, but he [Ian Wright] does have a black side.

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I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember.

He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.

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I was quite good at football once, although other than that my speciality would be maths. I'm great at sudokus and find all the spin-off games pretty easy too.

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The truth is I don't feel too bad for my age. I actually have a better shape now than I used to.

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I just think to be a manager you've got to live and breathe and have this incredible enthusiasm for football, the whole thing. And while I love the game, and it's been a large part of my life, it's not the only thing in my life.

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The big thing is, everybody says it's being in the right place at the right time. But it's more than that, it's being in the right place all the time. Because if I make 20 runs to the near post and each time I lose my defender, and 19 times the ball goes over my head or behind me - then one time I'm three yards out, the ball comes to the right place and I tap it in - then people say, right place, right time. And I was there *all* the time.

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The whole kiss-and-tell thing is a negative approach that often happens in a World Cup. We will see negative stories about the players and it can affect their confidence and the overall performance of the national team on the pitch, let alone the bid to actually stage the competition.

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I've only got a Saturday job so my weekdays are generally pretty free.

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