IRELAND’S record goalscorer Robbie Keane was celebrating after scoring an extra-time winner in the MLS cup final last night.
However, he did so wearing boots engraved with an Ivory Coast flag instead of an Irish one.
Keane posted a picture of the new matching boots for himself and son Robert on his Facebook page on Saturday, saying: “Mine and Robert’s boots are ready for Sunday. He will be leading the team out with me for the final – very excited!”
Keane’s boots had his son’s name stitched into them and a tricolour that had been put on backwards.
However, they did not affect the Irish captain’s goal-scoring instincts as he went on to lead his LA Galaxy side to victory against New England Revolution.
Keane had missed some good chances to win the tie in normal and extra-time but remained unfazed before his calm finish with less than 10 minutes left.
It rounded off a successful season for the Tallaght man and the Galaxy.
Last week he was named the MLS Most Valuable Player while it is the Galaxy’s fifth title, an MLS record.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said afterwards. “I’ve been here for four years and I’ve won three championships, so far it’s been fantastic.”
Despite his missed chance, Keane said he remained confident that he could seal the win for his side.
“I have been playing for 15 years, you miss chances and you score chances. I missed one chance so it wasn’t that bad,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter now,” he added. “At the end of the day we won and we’re the champions again.”