Reaction to Robbie Keane's retirement has been something else 1 year ago

Reaction to Robbie Keane's retirement has been something else

Robbie Keane announced his retirement on Wednesday after 21-years as a professional footballer.

Keane hangs up his boots to focus on his new coaching role under Mick McCarthy with the Republic of Ireland.

The Dubliner steps away from playing after achieving great success in his career, feats that would have been beyond his wildest dreams when he was growing up in Tallaght and playing for Crumlin United.

  • Keane is Ireland's record scorer with 68 goals, and record caps holder with 146 appearances - records that will never be broken.
  • He scored decisive goals against Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands.
  • He represented Ireland at three major tournaments and no Irish player has scored more World Cup goals (3).
  • He played for 11 different clubs, including some of the biggest teams in world football.
  • Only 13 footballers have scored more Premier League goals than Keane.
  • In total, he scored 325 goals in 737 games.

Keane's achieved all of this in the world's most competitive sport during a time when clubs could recruit footballers from any part of the world.

The former Tottenham and Liverpool forward set records in club and international football that seem unlikely to ever be bettered by any Irish player.

Since Keane announced his retirement, there has been a flood of tributes to the 38-year-old.

Former teammates, from Gareth Bale to David Beckham, Steven Gerrard to Rio Ferdinand, wished him well in his new role as Ireland coach, and congratulated him on his playing career.

While some of his former teams, and the leagues he played in, did likewise.