Even though it’s certainly not his job to be a model, Roy Keane cut a fine figure when he presented the new Adidas collection.
Flanked by his dog Jet, the former midfielder reflects on how much he misses the euphoric highlights of winning the title with Manchester United.
With a wistful soundtrack in the background, he admits: “I was playing to win when I was eight or nine years old.”
“You were literally on the biggest roller coaster ride of your life.
“The highs are extreme and the lows… my goodness. But sometimes you have to lose to win.”
“The biggest challenge for any athlete is actually the end of their career.
“You almost know that you will never reach these highs again, but you have to accept that.
“Never in my life will I get so much attention from anything else.
“Being in the locker room and winning things with good teammates and good players… ohhh, honestly, it’s really amazing.”
However, the ad ends on an optimistic note after the beginning where he focuses on past successes.
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He adds: “Life is going pretty well for me as far as my career and my family are concerned.”
“I’m actually very happy with my life.
“That can happen sometimes, but overall I’m pretty happy, yeah.”
The seven-time Premier League winner seems to accept that he will probably never make it again.
In recent years he has become increasingly comfortable becoming one of the faces of Sky Sports’ expert team.
Perhaps the only realistic offer that could lure him out of the Super Sunday studio would be if the FAI opted for the Hollywood option when selecting Stephen Kenny’s successor.