Who is Wayne Lineker? And what’s all this we’re hearing about an Instagram list of demands from a future girlfriend? If the surname Lineker rings a bell for you, that’s because Wayne is the younger brother of sports pundit and the face of Walkers, Gary Lineker.
And now, Wayne Lineker is he making his own headlines, for making this Instagram post yesterday.
Admittedly, the post is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Let’s find out more about the man behind the banter
Who is Gary Lineker?
Lineker was destined to be a footballer, according to his father. He was a junior player in Leicester and his skills juxtaposed Gary’s “poor footwork”. However, it is said he gave it all up because he couldn’t handle being teetotal. Alcohol plays a part in Wayne’s business life…
Wayne is a big deal on the nightlife scene. He first became involved with nightclubs in 1988, creating sports bars under the Lineker’s name. He owns Ibiza’s renowned Ocean Beach club. These ventures have gained him a reported wealth of £30 million.
In 2006, Wayne was jailed for two and a half years for fraud. Between 1999 and 2001 he was involved in an operation to smuggle Spanish currency into Britain worth £220,000 and avoid taxes of £90,000.
Auditors at NatWest discovered the operation. Wayne pleaded guilty.
The dating game
Dating has become a lot harder in the covid era. Wayne seems to agree as he has turned to extreme measures to find a potential match.
On 6 August, Wayne was called “gross” after posting a video of him picking a young date from a line-up. The girls had to wear skimpy orange bikinis and those who were rejected were pushed into a swimming pool. His “dream doll” – his words not mine – was revealed to be Love Island star Katie Salmon.
Hot water again
Wayne is in hot water again – but luckily no-one was pushed into a pool this time. He posted an advert on Instagram with his wish list for his next girlfriend. They have to be younger than him and be able to cook.
They also have to give up their careers to be with him and come with no baggage. He doesn’t specify what he means by baggage, but we’re guessing it’s not luggage.
He said being with anyone his age “would look weird”, while his new lover would have to accept and love his children and grandchildren.
Some of Lineker’s followers were outraged by the lengthy list of demands. One simply wrote: “Worst thing I have ever read.”
Wayne has definitely forged a name for himself, but is still largely associated with his brother. Perhaps the stunts he pulls are because he wants to be seen as an individual?
Here’s hoping he realises he doesn’t need to be notorious to find love.
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