Gary Lineker Match of the Day contract, BBC pay and net worth

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Gary Lineker has been advised to leave Match of the Day to make way for James Corden and the former England international has provided an update.

Gary Lineker has responded to rumors he might be leaving Match of the Day.

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Lineker has hosted the BBC’s flagship Premier League highlights show since 1999 and has become synonymous with the programme.

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But in recent days it has been rumored that celebrity comedian and Late Late Show host James Corden could take over.

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Lineker recently stepped down from his role as BT Sport’s Champions League presenter to follow Leicester City’s European efforts with his family.

And that decision, made ahead of this season, has only fueled speculation that the former Tottenham striker could leave the match of the day.

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But he’s now provided an update on the situation, and below we’ve summarized all the info on the story.

What were the rumours?

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After Corden announced he was leaving The Late Late Show, rumors swirled around the websites that the Gavin and Stacey star had become a strong contender to replace Lineker at the Match of the Day.

When this story surfaced, Linker Quote retweeted a tweet reporting the story with an eye emoji.

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That only fueled speculation that the story might contain some truth.

The truth

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Lineker has now quashed the rumours, at least for the time being.

The presenter made it clear on Twitter on Saturday evening that he would let his contract with the BBC expire in the coming years.

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He wrote: “I’m getting a bunch of texts from friends asking if I’m leaving @BBCMOTD after tweeting about my possible successor.

“So it’s only fair that I bring you the bad news now: I’m afraid I have 3 years left on my contract so you’re staying with me for a while. “

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Lineker’s contract

Lineker only signed his new match-of-the-day deal with the BBC in 2020.

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The deal lasts until 2025 and included a 23% pay cut as part of the BBC’s pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said at the time: “I really enjoy working with the BBC and I am very proud to continue to be part of their outstanding football team.

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“I’m looking forward to the next five years – with a European Championship and a World Championship on the horizon, these are exciting times for me and the team.”

Lineker no longer works with BT Sport, but still makes occasional appearances on La Liga TV.

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He also has sponsorship deals with Walkers and Vision Express.

net worth

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Lineker has had successful careers in professional football and in the media.

The former England international is estimated to be worth around £30million from his time as a player and presenter Spears Magazine.

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His net worth has reportedly fallen by around £500,000 in the last year, which could have something to do with his exit from BT Sport.

Lineker is believed to earn around £1.36million a year from his Match of the Day appearance.

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He is the highest-paid BBC on-air talent after Zoe Ball’s pay cut last year.

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