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Gary Lineker stuns fans as he reveals his real age

Happy birthday, Gary!

Gemma Strong

It's a very special day for Gary Lineker. The former footballer and father-of-four is celebrating a landmark birthday today, and took to Twitter to celebrate the special occasion. Gary simply tweeted "60" along with an exploding head emoji.

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His fans were quick to send their well wishes - and express their shock at discovering Gary's age. "You don't look it mate!" one told the Match of the Day presenter, while another wrote: "Happy birthday Gary, Just a few years to go for your free bus pass! Have a great day."

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A third told the star: "I am 67. You look under 50. I don't. An envious birthday wish to you!" And a fourth follower joked: "Happy birthday, Gary. Hadn't realised you were older than Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson & Jacob Rees Mogg. It's amazing what decency & kindness can do for youthful good looks. Oh, I forgot Piers Morgan. He looks older than you too."

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Gary will no doubt be looking forward to celebrations with his four children - George, 28, Harry, 26, Tobias, 24, and Angus, 22, whom he shares with ex-wife Michelle Cockayne. The former couple were married from 1986 until their split in May 2006.

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Gary is a proud father to four sons

Earlier this year, Gary shared a rare family photo on Instagram, showing him enjoying a Sunday meal with his sons.

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His fans couldn't get over the strong family resemblance, with one commenting: "Spitting image of you @garylineker," and another writing: "There's no way you could say they're not yours - they're the double of you!" A third joked: "5 Gary's," and a fourth added: "Peas in a pod. Lovely photo."

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The former footballer with ex-wife Michelle

Gary is very close to his children, and back in April 2019 he recalled the devastating moment his son George was given just one night left to live when he battled a rare form of leukaemia as a baby. George was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia after Gary and ex-wife Michelle noticed a lump on their young son's head.

The TV presenter spoke about the heartbreaking time on BLANK podcast with Jon Daly and Giles Pale-Phillips, telling them: "I could cope with it while he was ill. I could cope with it while I felt there was hope. But there was a couple of times when they told us, they said, 'Honestly, we've got to warn you that we will be quite surprised if he makes it through the night.'"

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