Gary Lineker has revealed he let his prized football memorabilia gather dust in a bank vault for almost 30 years.
Lineker won more than his fair share of awards during his playing days, including two Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards, a PFA Players' Player of the Year trophy and the 1986 World Cup Golden Boot.
He also claimed five goalscorer awards, a runner-up spot in the Ballon d'Or, plus plenty of other pieces of silverware with the likes of Tottenham, Barcelona and Everton. But when he moved to Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1992, he couldn't take it all with him.
So he bunged all of his accolades in a bank vault and they didn't see the light of day until almost 30 years later. Lineker revealed the story behind his memorabilia during a chat with Micah Richards and Alan Shearer on the Match of the Day Top 10 Podcast.
Discussing the best PFA award winner ever, Lineker got out his Players' Player of the Year trophy from the 1985-96 season and placed it on the table. The grand old trophy was certainly showing its years, something Lineker alluded to in a clip posted on Twitter.
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"Well, it's falling apart, it's that old, it's falling apart and it's funny enough because when I won that with Everton and then I went to Japan at the end of my career, I put all my memorabilia and a few valuable things in a bank vault," he said.
"I never actually got round to actually got round to getting them out for about 28 years and then a few years ago I just thought I'll get my stuff out and that was in there."
Match of the Day colleague Richards looked at the trophy and gave an honest assessment, saying: "It needs polishing." Lineker agreed, replying: "It does, it's falling apart, it's all jiggledy piggledy but Alan you've got a couple of those."
Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah is the odds-on favourite to follow in Lineker's footsteps and win the PFA Player of the Year award for the current season, with Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane also among the favourites.
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