Sunday 22 April 2018

Robbie, the boy who dreamt big - and won

The footballer's retirement is a heartbreaker, says Sarah Caden, as he evoked the kid who wished for it all

GRATEFUL FOR REALISED DREAMS: Ireland striker Robbie Keane and his wife Claudine. Robbie announced his retirement from international football last week. Picture:Brian McEvoy
GRATEFUL FOR REALISED DREAMS: Ireland striker Robbie Keane and his wife Claudine. Robbie announced his retirement from international football last week. Picture:Brian McEvoy

Sarah Caden

The image of Robbie Keane the boy, kicking a football around the street, was the lump-in-the-throat moment in his statement last Thursday. It was the heartbreaker in the middle of an emotional statement, announcing Robbie's retirement from international soccer, just a week short of his last match for Ireland.

"As a young boy growing up in Dublin playing football on the street I could never have imagined the path my life would take," Robbie wrote, "it has exceeded my wildest expectations.

"I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play for and captain my country - it was my ultimate goal all those years ago and it has been, by far, my greatest achievement.

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