Speaking to the Mail, as Real Madrid lost to Juventus in the Champions League last night, Keane complained that Gareth Bale didn’t show up, making Madrid’s task all-but impossible,
The ex-midfielder said: “Credit to both teams for going for it. It is very difficult when you are playing with 10 men as Gareth Bale did not show up.”
Working in punditry now, Keane has built a reputation as something of a straight talker, unafraid to take risks with his criticisms whilst many others hold back.
He has hit out at former manager Sir Alex Ferguson since his retirement, hit out at Ireland manager Mick McCarthy whilst playing for his country, and generally just spoken his mind when required.
It is what makes Keane such a strong pundit, and a man many defer their judgement too. Many may not agree with his views, but he is held in high regard for his willingness to air these views.
Following this tirade against Gareth Bale, and his performance (or, lack of performance) for Madrid, we take a look at five of Keane’s greatest ever rants, including quotes on ABBA, McCarthy, and THAT tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland.
To Mick McCarthy:
“Who do you think you are having meetings about me? You were a crap player and you are a crap manager. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country and you're not even Irish you English c***!.”
On Alf-Inge Haaland:
“There are things I regret in my life and he's not one of them.”
On apologising after leaving United:
“Now I kind of wish I hadn’t. Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f------apologised.’ I just wanted to do the right thing.”
On Sunderland listening to ABBA:
“They were going to play a match men v men, 'f****** Dancing Queen.”
On Brian Clough punching him in the face:
“Cloughie was dead right, absolutely. It was the best thing he ever did for me. It's good to get angry. It's an emotion and part of the game. It's good to go a bit mad but I don't throw teacups around. That's not my style - I'd rather throw punches.”