The 38-year-old Irish forward announced his retirement from football after being given the role of assistant coach with the Republic of Ireland national team on Sunday.
“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane started off in his farewell statement.
Robbie Keane brings his long 23-year career to an end following a career during which he had the opportunity to play with Tottenham, Liverpool, Inter and LA Galaxy among others.
He also holds the record for most appearances (146) and most goals scored (68) for the Republic of Ireland National team.
It all started back in 1997 when Keane made his professional debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers during which he managed to score a brace in a 2-0 win. In his statement, he acknowledged Wolves for the opportunity they gave him back then.
Congratulations on an amazing playing career, Robbie Keane!
Good luck with your next chapter with @FAIreland!
— Wolves (@Wolves) November 28, 2018
“I would like to pay a special thanks to Wolverhampton Wanderers for believing in me and giving me that chance when I made my professional debut in 1997, at the age of 17, against Norwich City. I will never forget that day and was fortunate enough to score both goals in a 2-0 win. That feeling of euphoria drove me to the heights I reached during my career.”
Throughout the statement, Keane emphasised the fact that his spells with Tottenham and the Irish National Team were the most special to him and the two most memorable periods of his long playing career.
The Irish played for Spurs between 2002 and 2008 before returning back in 2009 after a short spell with Liverpool. During his first period at White Hart Lane, he netted 80 goals in 197 appearances and when he returned for his second time with Spurs, he netted an additional 11 goals in 41 appearances between 2009 and 2011.
Congratulations on a fantastic playing career Robbie Keane! 👏
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 28, 2018
“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 period for which Keane is most renowned is the one with the Irish National team where he went on to become the highest goalscorer and the player with the most appearances for his country.
He made his debut against Czech Republic in March 1998 and scored his first international goal against Malta seven months later. Keane ended his international career in 2016 with a total of 68 goals equalling Gerd Muller’s record achieved with the German National team.
“Playing and captaining my country has been the highlight of my career. I enjoyed every moment of the most incredible journey with the Ireland team over an 18-year period and as I have said many times before, words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish. I hope I have made the fans proud wearing the green jersey and armband.
Goalscorer, Game Winner, Captain, Leader.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 28, 2018
“It was always an honour to play for my country. Representing my country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and two UEFA European Championships Finals are particular memories I will cherish forever.”
Now Robbie Keane will embark on a new journey as an assistant to former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy with the National team. He expressed his excitement and the passion for his new role towards the end of the statement.
“I am incredibly proud, honoured and excited to now be working alongside Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and the Irish international team over the next number of years.
“This is a role I have massive passion, energy and enthusiasm for and I hope to use my experiences to contribute towards a bright future in Irish football.”