Robbie Keane retires: Ireland hero with the record to back it up | Football News |

Robbie Keane retires: Ireland hero with the record to back it up | Football News |

Robbie Keane retires: Ireland hero with the record to back it up | Football News |

Robbie Keane has called time on a long and successful playing career

Robbie Keane retires as an Ireland hero and one of the Premier League’s top goalscorers. Adam Bate gets the views of former team-mates on Keane’s long career and his prospects as a coach…

The announcement that Robbie Keane has officially retired from professional football is an appropriate time to assess his legacy and it is the retirement of another member of the Premier League 100 club in the same month that serves to illustrate his impact.

Keane’s trophy haul cannot match that of Didier Drogba but perhaps surprisingly his Premier League goalscoring record can. Drogba scored 104 goals but Keane hit 126 of his own. Drogba reached double figures in only five of his nine seasons at Chelsea but Keane did it as a teenager at Coventry and later achieved the feat in seven consecutive seasons.

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