Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has retired from professional football. The forward spent a number of seasons at Tottenham over a couple of spells and also played for clubs such as Liverpool, Celtic, Leeds United, West Ham United and LA Galaxy.
The 38-year-old released a statement (h/t BBC):
“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer.
“From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take.”
Keane elaborated about his time at a number of clubs and had some choice words for Tottenham too.
“I had the great privilege to represent and captain Tottenham over 238 games. I had many wonderful times there and I will look back on my days at White Hart Lane with great fondness. The club will always hold a special place in my heart.”
The 38-year-old had some wonderful goals for Spurs during his years at the club, and every fan would remember his signature celebration.
Congratulations on a fantastic playing career Robbie Keane!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 28, 2018
A number of fans were quick to praise the former striker and here are some of their reactions to the player’s retirement.
One of my favourite players to play for spurs
— Adam Whitbread (@adam_whitbread) November 28, 2018
Nobody scored goals like Robbie Keane ……Nobody. #SpursLegend
— Kieran (@FreethinkerNI) November 28, 2018
Brilliant player! Brilliant guy! Happy retirement Robbie #COYS
— Kingspurs1996 (@kingspurs1996) November 28, 2018
his celebrations were the best
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) November 28, 2018
Him and Berba as a pair… pure jizz!
— Deco (@miamibyrne) November 28, 2018
so much wit and invention in the final third
— Ben McLannahan (@bmclannahan) November 28, 2018
@ShaunMoughton Some worldie goals in there. What a player !! There’s on one Keano ⚪️
— Mark Moughton (@MarkyMought4) November 28, 2018
The celebration tho
— Victor Castillo (@fvckingvictor) November 28, 2018
— Matt (@ffsEriksen) November 28, 2018
could you imagine the partnership between Robbie and Harry Kane if he was playing now. Now that would be a lethal combination
— Gavin Reidy (@ReidyGavin) November 28, 2018
We all dream of a team of Robbie Keanes One of the very best… happy retirement, pointy-shouty-bloke! #COYS
— (@matthius23) November 28, 2018
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