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5 Reasons Why Robbie Keane Becoming Leading International Goalscorer is a Big Deal

Robbie Keane Moves Into First After Miroslav's Klose Retirement

Robbie Keane Leading International Goal Scorer Republic of Ireland
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The international retirement of Miroslav Klose may be a bit of a blow to Germany, but it's good news for Robbie Keane. Keane now remains the leading international goalscorer among active players. This is a terrific accomplishment and is a rather big deal. Here are five key reasons why it is important.

5. Keane is 34 Years Old

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5. Keane is 34 Years Old

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Miroslav Klose is only two years older than Robbie Keane, which means that it is possible for Keane to match Klose’s record if he doesn’t retire soon. Keane is nine goals behind Klose ,and with Keane being famous for hat tricks, it may be possible to break the record.

4. He Is Not Cristiano Ronaldo or Leo Messi

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4. He Is Not Cristiano Ronaldo or Leo Messi

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi are hailed time and time again as the best players in the world. This is partly because of their prolific scoring, but when it comes to international matches they seem to fall short. This makes Robbie Keane’s lead even a bigger accomplishment.

3. Keane Plays for MLS

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3. Keane Plays for MLS

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Many soccer fans do not see MLS as a top league, but the current leading international goalscorer has been playing with the LA Galaxy since 2011. This would mean he's not up to par with other strikers in the eyes of fans who dislike MLS, but he still manages to score the most goals on an international level.

2. Keane Has Not Slowed Down Yet

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2. Keane Has Not Slowed Down Yet

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Robbie Keane may be reaching the end of his international career, like many greats have, but he is still spectacular at making goals. He enjoys scoring goals more than fans enjoy wanting him do his cartwheel celebrations after scoring them.

1. Ireland Rarely Makes Big Tournaments

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1. Ireland Rarely Makes Big Tournaments

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The Ireland National Team has been in three World Cups and three Euro Cups in its entire existence. Robbie Keane has only been present in one World Cup and one Euro Cup. The team has not played in as many games as others, yet Keane still manages to be a leading scorer. This makes his feat even bigger.