He was all about the goals. A ball would drop in the six-yard box or be played through from midfield or come back off the keeper and Robbie would be there.
Cue a sprint towards the corner, a few tumbles, the miming of shooting pistols - evidence that here was a man who relished finding the back of the net like few others.
There are 65 of those goals for Ireland and counting, an average of around one every two games.
And he hasn't flagged, his best international years came in 2011 and 2013 when he bagged eight goals.
He's also never received enough credit for his record in the Premier League where his 125 goals put him 12th on the all-time list.
It's been a peripatetic career but Keane is ending it in style. No import to America's MLS has had the impact the Tallaght striker has had at the LA Galaxy.
A folk hero in California, he'll only be properly appreciated at home when he quits.