Thursday 22 March 2018

Good luck, Robbie, in your quest to give us six more of the best

PROFESSIONAL footballers often get a bad press, especially when compared to their amateur counterparts in the GAA. We are forever hearing negative stories about the off-duty antics of Premiership players; about how they are overpaid and how they under-achieve.

To a large extent, this is grossly unfair. And there are very few examples of Irish internationals that have let their country down. For the most part, they answer the call to arms and give their all.

Some of those players have become part of Irish sporting folklore. Names like Paul McGrath, Ronnie Whelan and Johnny Giles spring to mind. Last night Robbie Keane earned his 126th cap for the Republic at the Aviva Stadium and he deserves to join the pantheon of greats for this alone, not to mention his prolific goal-to-game ratio.

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