Gary Lineker has recalled how Manchester United fans brought tears to his eyes after he signed off from English football in typical style – with a goal.
Lineker brought down the curtain on his top-flight career 28 years ago, having established himself as one of the greatest English strikers of all time.
As well as scoring 282 goals at club level for Leicester, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham, Lineker won the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup, and remains England's third highest goalscorer behind Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton.
So it's no surprise that he was given a standing ovation by Red Devils fans after he scored for Tottenham at Old Trafford in his final game in English football on the final day of the 1991/2 season.
Lineker's headed goal was a mere consolation for Spurs in a 3-1 defeat to United, but it was a fitting way to end his career – and the Match of the Day presenter admitted the home fans' tribute had him welling up.
The 59-year-old said on Twitter : "We lost 3-1, but I’ll never forget how wonderfully @ManUtd treated me on that day, and the lovely ovation from their fans. Brought tears to my eyes. A belated thank you, as there was obviously no social media to do that back in the day."
After starting his career at hometown club Leicester City in 1978, Lineker joined Everton in 1985 and then Barcelona a year later, before returning to England in 1989 to spend three seasons with Tottenham Hotspur.
He was a prolific marksman for each of those teams, and is the only player to have been the top scorer in England with three different clubs.
Lineker's six goals in the 1986 World Cup finals topped the scoring charts in Mexico – where England's dreams were ended in the quarter-finals by Argentina's Diego Maradona – and he also scored four goals as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals in the 1990 tournament in Italy.
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