Dublin — Irish football legend Robbie Keane brought the curtain down on over two decades as a player on Wednesday, saying his career had exceeded all his hopes when he was a "football-mad boy growing up in Dublin". The 38-year-old is his country’s record goalscorer on 68, well clear of Niall Quinn, who is next with 21. He will now focus on his new duties as assistant manager to new Ireland handler Mick McCarthy. Keane, who replaces Roy Keane (no relation) in the role after the latter and manager Martin O’Neill were fired last week, captained Ireland for a decade. "Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer," Keane said. "From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take. Dublin boyhood "It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin." Keane, unlike his near namesake, enjoyed a good relationship wi...

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