Keane started his career as teenage prodigy with Wolverhampton Wanderers, before moving to Coventry in 1999 for £6 million and a year later to Inter Milan in a a shock £13 million switch. However, all did not go well in Serie A as Keane quickly slipped down the pecking order and Leeds United offered him an escape route, signing him on loan before making the transfer permanenet after he impressed. When he was a fully fledged Leeds player, though, it was far from plain sailing and the arrival of Robbie Fowler, along with the competition provided by Alan Smith and Mark Viduka, forced Keane to settle for a place on the bench for much of 2001-02.
Spurs swooped for the Irishman just before the transfer deadline in August 2002 in a £7 million move and Keane rose to captain the club and made over 250 appearances before leaving to join Liverpool in a £20.3 million deal in 2008 - unquestionably the biggest move of his career. But it backfired spectacularly and, lasting only six months at Anfield, he went back to Spurs with his tail between his legs.
Keane could not replicate the form of his first spell at White Hart Lane - during which time he scored 107 goals in 254 games and won the 2008 League Cup - upon his return and loan moves to Celtic (where he rediscovered his scoring ability) and West Ham (where he lost it again) followed. In August 2011, he waved goodbye to North London once more and packed his bags for Los Angeles. With LA Galaxy, Keane immediately settled in and scored in the MLS Western Conference final before setting up Landon Donovan for the winner in the 2011 MLS Cup final. He returned to the Premier League temporarily in Jnauary 2012, scoring three goals in six games on loan at Aston Villa.
While Keane's club career has been up and down, he has consistently been Republic of Ireland's talisman for the past decade. His goal against Iran in 2001 secured Ireland's place at a first major finals in 12 years and he went on to score three times at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan. A seasoned international poacher, Keane is Ireland's captain and all-time leading scorer with 53 goals in 153 games, and was again his country's lading light in qualifying for Euro 2012 - netting seven goals.
Strengths: Keane is comfortable on the ball and has a penchant for a classy assist or two as well as an eye for goal.
Weaknesses: His goals tend to come in patches, which is why he has slipped down the pecking order at a series of clubs during his career.
Career high: Starring for Ireland at the 2002 World Cup; Keane scored three goals in four games, including strikes against Germany and Spain, before his side bowed out in the second round.
Career low: His six-month spell at Liverpool after arriving for a club-record fee was a troubling time as he failed to live up to expectations and returned to Spurs utterly shorn of confidence.
Style: Creative, hardworking, a deadly finisher who can lead by example.
Quotes: "He's one of the very best players you can see in the Premier League, he's a player who is settled down, a good professional, a good mentality, so every manager would be very happy to have Keane in his squad." Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez
Trivia: Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Nicolas Anelka can boast a higher cumulative career transfer fee than Robbie Keane. The Irishman's moves to Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, and back to Tottenham cost a combined £70.3 million. Anelka's total is £86.5 million and Ronaldo's is £92.4 million.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER