Gary Lineker mocks his own Spanish after appearing on Barcelona TV

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Many British people can pin-point a time they attempted to speak another language.

Whether it was a speaking test during a modern languages lesson in their school days, or a cringeworthy attempt to serenade the waiters while on holiday, many Brits have tried, and failed, to converse in another language.

However, former Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur forward Gary Lineker's linguistic skills, are considerably more advanced than the Spanish phrases notebook often found on many tourists' personnel.

The England legend and beloved Match of the Day pundit's linguistic nous was on full display when he was interviewed by Barcelona TV.

However, Lineker responded to his conversation with the Catalan’s side’s official website with a hint of embarrassment.

“Bit rusty…” he tweeted in response to the video which was posted on the La Liga giants’ Twitter page.

His response would garner little surprise, as the apparent discomfort on his face during the interview suggests he was slightly out of practice.

He often had to pause for a few seconds to reach into the Spanish side of his brain and find the words he wanted to say.

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Lineker spoke to the official Barcelona website after being awarded the Vazquez Montalban International Journalism Award.

He received the prestigious journalistic gong for his ambassadorial work for La Liga, where he is often an analyst for British and Irish viewers on La Liga TV.

Despite his difficulty, Lineker did manage to convey his admiration for current Barcelona manager Xavi.

The legendary midfielder arrived from Qatari side Al Sadd to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman at the start of November.

While the Catalans have experienced their fair share of stumbles, the World Cup winner has certainly injected some much-needed positivity at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona have recently clawed themselves back into contention for Champions League qualification having won three and drawn two of their last four La Liga matches.

They are currently in fifth position, just one point away from fourth placed Atletico Madrid.

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