Robbie Keane releases defiant farewell after leaving LA Galaxy - and insists he is not ready to retire
Robbie Keane is finished in Los Angeles - but he is far from finished.
The Irish striker announced, late on Thursday night, that he was ending his career with LA Galaxy after a trophy-laden five years. Less than two days after Steven Gerrard headed for the exit door, Keane is following his old mucker.
Keane is famous for once declaring he was 'not on the Twitter' but he certainly has a handle of his Instagram game.
His farewell statement to the Galaxy fans, and the football world, was a heady mix of poignancy and sheer defiance. He ain't done yet.
"The city has become my second home and I will never forget the unbelievable backing you've given me during my time at the Galaxy. The great times we have shared will stay with me forever."
Available for goalscoring work
"I look towards the next chapter of my playing career. I still feel as fit and sharp as ever and I am looking forward to my next adventure. Having now retired from international football I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football."
Always be a fan, etc.
"I look forward to watching the club continue to grow and progress in the coming years. It's been an honour to captain your team and I am so proud of everything we have achieved together."
Here is the full Instagram post:
The MLS is losing a former MVP.
Galaxy is losing a legend.
Some lucky club - maybe even in Ireland if he decides to go home - could be gaining a hero.
Robbie Keane finishing his career at Rovers? The Hoops are announcing some 'major' signings at 11am tomorrow....
— Alan Kinsella (@electionlit) November 17, 2016