IRISH AND football fans alike saw the end of an era pass yesterday when the news broke that Robbie Keane was retiring his green shirt once and for all after next week's friendly with Oman.
The Tallaght born lad has lined out 145 times for the Boys in Green and scored 67 times, making him by far the highest-scoring player in Irish football history.
From his last minute equaliser against Germany in 2002 - which felt like a winner - to his goal against France in Paris in 2009, only to be undone by the hand of Thierry Henry.
Following the news, social media took a moment to appreciate the brilliance with one particular English footballing legend paying his respects.
Here's the best of the reaction.
Goldenballs took some time out to appreciate Robbie
There was the sad reflection from his fans
— YBIG (@YouBoysInGreen) August 24, 2016
Always appropriate to bring this up again
— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) August 24, 2016
But not to forget how we all celebrated THAT goal from Robbie
I've never celebrated a goal like Robbie Keane's equaliser against Germany in 2002 & I don't think I ever will again
— Philip Egan (@PhilEganTodayFM) August 24, 2016
The nation's mood in a tweet
What a servant Robbie Keane has been to this country. One of my favourite goals of all time was 2002 against Germany! Thanks Robbie ???
— Rachel Lynch (@Rachel_Lynchx) August 24, 2016
Well, is he?
Is Robbie Keane Ireland's greatest ever sportsman/person #gottobeupthere
— Chris lyons (@clyons77) August 25, 2016
One particular Irish legend put a lot of the doubters in their place
To all the nuggets out there Robbie Keane is 5th all time European goal scorer at international level enough said
— Jason MCATEER (@MCATEER4) August 24, 2016
Not forgetting what a baby-faced Robbie Keane looked like
#OnThisDay in 1998, Robbie Keane made his home international debut! 143 caps. 67 goals.
— FAIreland (@FAIreland) April 22, 2016