Robbie Keane has today announced his international retirement, after 18, goal-laden years.
Tributes have flowed in to recognise the remarkable international achievements of Keane.
Martin O'Neill was quoted in an FAI statement as saying:
Robbie's appearances and goals for Ireland speak for themselves.
He is undoubtedly one of Ireland's finest every players and I do not see his international goal record being beaten for a very long time, if ever. It will take us some time to get over his absence.
John Delaney also paid tribute, calling Keane a "great Irish man".
President and Proper Football Fan Michael D. Higgins also released a statement in response to Keane's retirement:
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) August 24, 2016
A number of Keane's former international teammates were quick to tweet their appreciation:
Absolute legend on the pitch matched by his character off it. Honour to play alongside #RobbieKeane 🙌🏾☘
— STEVEN REID (@stevenreid12) August 24, 2016
Finally a reason to go and watch Ireland play Oman. Robbie Keane deserves one hell of a send-off #legend
— Richie Sadlier (@RichieSadlier) August 24, 2016
His LA galaxy teammate Steven Gerrard took to Instagram: