GARY Lineker has sparked health fears by saying his memory is so poor he cannot recall goals he scored in a glittering career.
There is rising awareness of ex-footballers with dementia linked to heading a ball in their playing days.
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And the Match of the Day host said he had questioned: “What’s wrong with me?”
The tap-in specialist, 61, was asked how many of his goals he remembered during An Evening with Gary Lineker event at London’s Design Museum,
He replied: “Hardly any.”
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And when his remarks prompted laughter, the ex-Barcelona star continued: “No, I’m not joking. I’m genuine and it worries me a little bit.
“But I’ve always been like that.
“I was at Atletico Madrid’s ground recently.
“Someone said, ‘Did you score here?’
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“I went ‘I don’t think so, and he went, ‘You scored five goals in this ground.’
“I was deeply worried. What’s wrong with me?
“This has been the same for 20-odd years”
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Although he did not specifically mention dementia, his comments come amid growing evidence of the link with heading.
He helped launch a campaign last August to help sportspeople affected by it.