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Robbie Keane May Have Played His Final Game

Robbie Keane May Have Played His Final Game

The long and illustrious career of Robbie Keane might finally be coming to an end.

The Irish footballing legend moved to Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League in 2017, following several successful seasons with Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy.

Teddy Sheringham was sacked midway through the season, to be replaced by Ashley Westwood as caretaker manager, before Keane himself stepped into the role as player-manager.

In the most Robbie Keane move ever, he picked himself to start in his first game in charge and, naturally, scored.

ATK were last night eliminated from the Indian Super Cup after losing 3-1 to FC Goa, thus ending their season. Keane scored his side's sole goal just after half-time.

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When asked about what he intends to do next in his career, he responded "for me, it is not the right time to speak about my future, at this moment," before inevitably going on to talk about his future.

The former Spurs striker, quoted by Goal.com, hinted that management might be in the pipeline:

I have enjoyed it. It has been a good experience. (Management) is something I want to do in the future. I have made no secret of that in the last few years.

I will sit down and see what I wanna do for the next year and the next couple of years. Certainly, in the next few years and into the future, I want to be a manager. I've done my coaching badges and I am excited about the future.

Keane will be 38 years of age later this year so it will hardly be surprising to anyone that the Tallaght native is seriously considering giving up the game. His senior career started 20 years ago at Wolves and has since scored nearly 400 goals across three continents.

The Irishman retired from international football in 2016 having cemented his legacy as one of the country's greatest ever sportsmen, although it seemed for a while as if his career would go on for eternity as he found new places to keep on playing. It's hard to believe that we may have seen Robbie perform his last cartwheel celebration.

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Ste McGovern
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