Ireland’s Top Goal Scorer Retires Internationally

Robbie Keane, 2011.
Robbie Keane, 2011.

By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
October / November 2016

Irish captain and all-time record goal scorer Robbie Keane (pictured right) has commenced his international retirement from the Republic of Ireland soccer team following a friendly match against Oman in August.

Keane (36) debuted for Ireland in 1998 and has been Ireland’s leading goal scorer since 2004. He retires with 68 goals in 146 games for the national team – the last of which was delivered in his final match sporting the green jersey. He continues to captain the L.A. Galaxy, the U.S. Major League Soccer team.

“As a young boy growing up in Dublin and playing football on the street, I could never have imagined the path my life would take,” Keane said in his official retirement statement. “I have been on the most incredible journey with the Irish team and fans over the last 18 years, and words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.” ♦

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