Robbie Keane releases defiant farewell after leaving LA Galaxy - and insists he is not ready to retire 5 years ago

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.

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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.

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"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."

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"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."

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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:

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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.

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