Robbie Keane’s former international strike partner, Tony Cascarino, has claimed the Dubliner enjoys a love-hate relationship with Ireland fans because money changed him.
Cascarino believes the Irish captain should have stayed in English football instead of joining LA Galaxy.
“Robbie is considered a big-head by some Irish supporters,” Cascarino said in an interview published on the website of L’Equipe, the French sports daily. “He’s had difficult moments with them. He has changed, and for some of them, he’s not the same guy he used to be. Money has transformed him. In Ireland, people who change aren’t liked. But I like him a lot because I know another Robbie.”
Cascarino remains convinced Keane should not have moved to LA last year. “He went for the money and has changed his life totally. He should have stayed in England because there’d always be a place for him in the Premier League. He would have scored more goals there. The MSL is weaker but I don’t think that’s a problem because Robbie always plays with heart. He never stops running and scores plenty of goals because he always plays with confidence.”
Words: Paul Kelly
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