I'll miss you, Becks… how will Robbie cope now his LA bromance is coming to an end
16:37 GMT, 6 December 2012
Maybe he wants some reflected publicity from the world’s most famous footballer. Maybe it’s a bromance formed by the shared experience of living across the Atlantic away from home. Maybe he just likes the smell of his mate’s cologne.
Whatever the reason, Robbie Keane certainly seems to get photographed with David Beckham an awful lot.
When Beckham was saying goodbye to LA Galaxy fans at the Home Depot Centre on December 3 the Irishman was pictured sitting beside a beaming 37-year-old looking a little glum.
Stars of the Galaxy: David Beckham (left) and Robbie Keane (right) celebrate the MLS Cup victory on Saturday
Suits you: Beckham and Keane pose with their spoils again after the Englishman's final game for the Galaxy
Oh, it's you again, Robbie: The pair share a joke during training in California
Two days earlier the one-time Spurs man posed next to Beckham while the squad celebrated their MLS Cup victory over Houston Dynamo. He had stepped onto the pitch for the match one place in front of the former England captain.
They have held the trophy together, given press conferences in unison, and repeatedly been snapped in training running side-by-side in the past 18 months. Is it for the conversation Or does Keane have a touch of John Terry about him
In January 2011 Beckham was even photographed imparting some words of wisdom to the snood-wearing striker while he trained with Tottenham under Harry Redknapp.
You imagine it went: ‘Ask for short round the back and sides, good length on top. Slick it back and hey presto, the Don Draper look.’
Fancy seeing you here: Keane and Beckham at the Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks basketball match
Lurking in the background: Beckham listens during a press conference in November (and look who's behind)
Russell, meet the kids… and Robbie: The striker even got in on the act when the Beckhams bumped into Brand (but take a close look at the caption supplied by the photographer and how they describe Keane…)
From Los Angeles to London – no matter the geography, the Beckham-Keane double act seems to find the camera lens.
The two are clearly good friends, and attended the Dallas Mavericks game with the LA Lakers at the Staples Center in October. But despite Keane, who has scored 54 times in 122 games for Ireland plus more than 100 Premier League goals, being a noteworthy name on this side of the pond, it appears his star is not yet as high on the West Coast of America.
In a picture from the basketball game with Beckham and Russell Brand – famous in the US for his relationship with Katy Perry – Keane is identified only as an ‘unidentified fan’.
Ouch. That must feel as bad as kick in the Goldenballs.
PS Was this the start of something beautiful
It takes two, baby: Beckham chats to Keane in January last year during his spell training with Tottenham