When you’ve played 145 internationals like Robbie Keane has, there are bound to be a few memories that stick out.
But for most Ireland fans, there’s one moment in particular they will forever associate with the 36-year-old, who today announced his retirement from international football.
He provided one of the greatest Irish footballing moments of all time. Thank you, Robbie Keane! #COYBIGhttps://t.co/ivgN9XWaKN
— FAIreland (@FAIreland) August 24, 2016
Keane famously netted an injury-time leveller against Germany in the 2002 World Cup – one of 67 goals he’s netted for his country.
And after he announced next week’s friendly against Oman would be his last game for the Republic, fans were sharing their memories of that golden moment.
14 years on and Robbie Keane's goal against Germany in 2002 is still the most important goal I've ever seen.
— kevin ð¥ (@KevBeirne) August 24, 2016
I've never celebrated a goal like Robbie Keane's equaliser against Germany in 2002 & I don't think I ever will again
— Philip Egan (@PhilEganTodayFM) August 24, 2016
I'll never forget being wedged into the hall in my primary school and the place going bananas when Keane scored .V. Germany in 2002.
— John M O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) August 24, 2016
What a servant Robbie Keane has been to this country. One of my favourite goals of all time was 2002 against Germany! Thanks Robbie ð®ðªð
— Rachel Lynch (@Rachel_Lynchx) August 24, 2016
I used to have commentary of Robbie Keane's goal against Germany as my voicemail message. It annoyed people but was totally worth it.
— Emmet Ryan (@action81) August 24, 2016
For me lads, footballing bliss was Robbie Keane's equaliser vs. the Germans in 2002…..Thanks for the memories Robbie #ThankYouKeano
— Sto (@LukeOConnor5) August 24, 2016
Keane announced his retirement in a statement, which read: “It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over 18 years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998. I have enjoyed it all.”
Despite his phenomenal record – he is the top scorer in international football among active players – fans still think he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
Robbie Keane had retired from International football. Some record and maybe now he will be appreciated. #legend #irl pic.twitter.com/tpnI36HsAj
— Stevie Cahill (@StevieCahill) August 24, 2016
Many, though, think he’s one of Ireland’s greatest – or maybe even the greatest.
Robbie Keane is our greatest ever player in my opinion. Nobody will ever touch that goal scoring record in an Ireland shirt
— Robbie (@Robbie_OR) August 24, 2016
145 appearances and 67 goals for the Republic of Ireland means Robbie Keane is right up there with Roy Keane, Liam Brady and Paul McGrath.
— John Duggan (@jduggantodayfm) August 24, 2016
Keane clearly feels a strong connection with the Ireland fans. He said: “I have been on the most incredible journey with the Irish team and fans over the last 18 years and words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.
“Each and every time I put on the green jersey, it is such an honour.”
Some felt he was almost like one of the family.
I was 14 when Robbie Keane made his international debut. We've been through a whole lotta shit together.
— Joe Callaghan (@JoeCallaghan84) August 24, 2016
But there’s one question still to be answered. How will it all end next Wednesday?
Robbie Keane is going to retire by doing what he does best – scoring a penalty in a friendly against Oman. The storybook ending.
— PokÃ©amonn (@EamoV1) August 24, 2016