Friday 30 July 2021 12:06 pm

Gary Lineker joins LaLigaTV in ‘multi-year’ deal

Gary Lineker has joined LaLigaTV as a presenter in a “multi-year agreement” to front coverage of Spain’s top-flight football league.

The former England striker will present key fixtures on the 24-hour channel and feature regularly on its Viva LaLiga studio programme broadcast live from Barcelona.

Lineker, who played for Barcelon during his career, already presents Match of the Day on the BBC.

In May the football star announced he was stepping down as host of BT Sport’s Champion League coverage after six years to follow his former club Leicester in Europe as a fan.

“I’m thrilled to become a part of LaLigaTV, a channel I’ve watched every weekend for the last two seasons,” said Lineker, who featured for FC Barcelona from 1986 to 1989, scoring 42 goals in 103 league appearances. 

“I have fond memories of my time playing in Spain and very much look forward to sharing the excitement of LaLiga with viewers in the UK and elsewhere.”

The appointment will bolster the on-air talent for LaLiga TV, which launched in the UK and Ireland in January last year. It is also available in the UK via Amazon Prime.

Melcior Soler, audiovisual director at LaLiga, said: “Adding Gary Lineker to our talent pool is really exciting for LaLiga fans. He has a vast portfolio of presenting experience and an in-depth knowledge of Spanish football. 

“We look forward to witnessing the expertise, energy and passion he will bring to LaLigaTV.”

LaLiga’s 2021/2022 season kicks off on Friday 13 August with Atletico Madrid looking to defend their league title.