Sunday 17 December 2017

Roy Keane voted greatest Irish footballer of the last 50 years by Irish Independent panel

ROY Keane has been selected as the top Irish footballer of the last 50 years by an Irish Independent panel.

Our experts ranked the top 50 players of the last half century for our Legends imagazine which can be found at

John Giles came second in the list, with Paul McGrath third, Liam Brady fourth and Ronnie Whelan completing the top five.

The process to identify the outstanding performers recognised achievements with both club and country. Keane excelled in the club category on the basis of his seven league title wins during his time at Manchester United. He captained the Red Devils to nine major honours during his time at Old Trafford.

Robbie Keane is the highest ranked current player at eighth spot, with Shay Given rated 11th, Damien Duff 12th, John O’Shea 21st and Richard Dunne 22nd.

You can watch our panellists discuss the top ten players in more detail in our interactive magazine, in addition to footage of the key protagonists and some classic photographs.

Clips range from black and white images of a packed Dalymount Park in the 60s to some of the more memorable internationals of recent years.

The online mag also provides the opportunity for readers to vote for their best Irish XI of 1962-2012. And you can tweet our sportsdesk @IndoSport to extend the debate, or leave a comment here.

We will feature a selection of the best in tomorrow’s Irish Independent.

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