Lineker’s “silly superstitions” from playing days – like messing with his hair

Gary Lineker has revealed the three “silly superstitions” he used to have during his dazzling playing career with the likes of Barcelona, Tottenham, Leicester and England.

Football players can be very strange beings and the varying routines the 61-year-old former striker used to follow are enough to raise the eyebrows of many supporters. Lineker explained his many strange superstitions were a means to refresh his thinking and wash away any “negative vibes” that may have been clouding his sight of goal.

While they may confuse and amuse in equal measure, like John Terry’s ‘special urinal’, they are difficult to argue against considering he accumulated an impressive goal tally of 154 club goals in 315 games and 48 strikes in 80 international appearances for the Three Lions. And the Match of the Day pundit explained the three main superstitions he used to turn to when his goals were drying up.

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“If I was on a bad run I'd do silly things… Like, if I'd go two or three games without a goal – I'd get a haircut,” Lineker said to the High Performance podcast. “It makes no sense, except it’s amazing how many times it worked.

“It probably kicks out the negative vibes that you’ve got in your head. If I play a match, if I scored in the first half, I’d keep the same shirt on.

“If I didn’t I’d change the shirt at half-time. There’s all sorts of nonsense in here, but, again, it’s something fresh and different.”

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Of course, Lineker is far from alone when it comes to unusual superstitions. Many footballers swear by their strange pre-match routines even though they do not appear to have the slightest effect on their match.

Lineker also revealed that his superstitions did not start at the changing rooms, training ground or the pitch, but often started when he got behind the wheel of his car. “I’d drive a certain route if it was going well,” Lineker added.

“Then I’d try somewhere else if it wasn’t and all these stupid things on the way to the game.”


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