Lineker, 58, explained that his family think he needs a new girlfriend for his ‘sanity and health’, and set out his ‘criteria’ for his other half in a lengthy Instagram post.
That’s not so bad, right? Well, then Lineker – the younger brother of Match Of The Day’s Gary – proceeded to the ‘more important things’, which referred to children as ‘baggage’ and stipulated that Waitrose ready meals are the height of haute cuisine.
The nightclub mogul wrote: ‘You must like older men but only me…You have to be a worldie and above 30 (Ok 28 29 could work) but not my age as that would just look weird 🤷♂️ you must like to travel and to fly business class and stay in incredible hotels. Be prepared to give up your career or job or at least be able to work from a laptop on a tropical beach somewhere.
‘You will need to spend the summer in ibiza and the winter in Dubai with 2 weeks in Uk for Christmas and new year with the families and holidays to the Maldives…No baggage as mine are all grown up. A dog is acceptable but will need a passport. You must be able to cook as I love cooking, especially Waitrose ready made meals. You also don’t need to be verified I can sort that for you.. house music and R&B lovers only. No heavy rock or pop music. You must like Netflix especially money heist and also real crime. No chick flicks watch them with your mates.’
But it didn’t stop there, as Lineker continued: ‘You need to be confident enough to be able to go to the front of the queue in nightclubs and accept a table and free drinks from the owners. You will need a driving license to share a Bentley and a Lamborghini Jeep (pending) ..you must never have shared a teeth whitening post!! I’m not on any dating sites you shouldn’t be too. I’m Not on only fans so you shouldn’t be too.
‘You must love the gym, health food and have body definition as I will have soon. Accept and love my children and grandchildren and realise no more kids for me.. (never say never though) you must be able to let my PA @davehodges10 book all yours and our flights and purchase items online for you. You just need to send a link to him ..
‘You must be able to accept my friends even @tonytrumanibiza as I will accept yours … accept I have to reply to girls DMs not just guys…
‘One last thing. Your geography needs to be on point as girls that think Lincoln is in Wales is not good. Be intelligent but not boring. Outgoing suits.’
Unsurprisingly, the post has gone viral, as people on Twitter questioned whether the ad was legit.
One person tweeted: ‘Has Wayne Lineker been hacked or is he just being himself. Hard to say’, while another wrote: ‘I don’t know what’s worse, a 58-year-old grandad seeking a wife younger than his daughter, or the fact Wayne Lineker considers Waitrose ready meals to be cooking.’
And certain parts of the ad really tickled people, as one tweet read: ‘Screaming at the bit about wanting her to know her geography, imagine Wayne Lineker quizzing women about oxbow lakes and globalisation on their first date.’
Real or not, Lineker actually had plenty of women filing up in the comments section to apply, with the star even claiming he was already messaging one woman who was volunteered by a friend.
Lineker – believed to be worth £30 million through his Ibiza empire, including celeb hotspot Ocean Beach club – has four children, and was previously engaged to 27-year-old model Danielle Sandhu.
Earlier this summer, he caused controversy after pushing female employees into a swimming pool to choose a ‘date’; after pushing the line-up into the water, he walked off with bikini-clad Love Island star Katie Salmon.
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