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Keane probably tops this list because he is the most successful soccer player in Irish history—and the Irish love their soccer.
In his 17-year career, he played in the League of Ireland as well as Scotland and, most notably, the English Premier League.
He is most famous for his eight year spell at Manchester United—whom he captained to a rare “treble” of the Premier League Championship, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in 1998-1999.
Despite his significant on-field achievements, Keane was almost as well known for his aggressive play and fiery nature which earned him a number of dismissals, sanctions, and suspensions.
Most famously, Keane was sent home from the Irish national team by coach Mick McCarthy for a series of indiscretions which included the following tirade against his coach.
“Mick, you're a liar... you're a f***ing wanker. I didn't rate you as a player, I don't rate you as a manager, and I don't rate you as a person. You're a f***ing wanker and you can stick your World Cup up your arse. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country! You can stick it up your bollocks.”
(For more inane ramblings by Roy Keane consult your local library, or click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/aug/24/sport.comment)