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“We are so proud of you” Claudine Keane pays sweet tribute to Robbie Keane following retirement

The footballer officially announced his retirement today.
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Claudine Keane has paid an emotional tribute to her husband Robbie Keane after he announced his retirement this week.

The model took to Twitter to share a highlight video of his career and share a sweet message of support.

“Congratulations on such an incredibly illustrious career, we are so proud of you,” Claudine said.

“It’s been an amazing journey, one which you always took in your stride. Your ambition, passion, determination and leadership inspires us every day. Excited for the next chapter.”

Robbie announced that he was officially retiring from football earlier today with a lengthy statement.

The sports star has been named by Mick McCarthy as his assistant coach with the Republic of Ireland national side.

“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said.

He added: “Playing & captaining my country has been the highlight of my career. I enjoyed every moment with Ireland over an 18-year period. Words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish.”

The footballer and dad-of-two also thanked a number of people for their support over two decades.

“Thank you to the teammates, managers & staff I have worked with; I was honoured to learn from you all. Thanks to my parents Anne & my late father Robbie Snr, my brother & sisters for their support. To my wife Claudine & my sons Robert and Hudson – thank you for your love, support & encouragement. I am so incredibly grateful for all you have done for me.”

He added: “I take great pride in having scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances & 68 goals in 146 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland. But for me, it was about making my family proud & the friendships that this wonderful game has given me.

“With the closing of one chapter comes an exciting new adventure. I am honoured & excited to be working alongside Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and the Irish international team & I hope to use my experiences to contribute towards a bright future in Irish football.

He concluded: “Thank you for the memories!”

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