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15th Feb 2021

Roy Keane’s official Instagram page has amassed over a million followers since Friday

James Fenton

On Friday night, four words that you never thought you’d see alongside each other began circulating on WhatsApp groups across the land – Roy Keane is on Instagram.

At first there was some scepticism. Roy Keane, the notoriously old-school former Ireland captain, the man who makes now secret of his gripes with the modern game, would never bite the social media bullet, would he?

People clicked into the @RoyKeane16 account looking for signs that it was fake but there it was staring us in the face – a blue tick confirming that this page did indeed belong to Cork’s most famous sporting son. It’s widely known that dogs are the only living beings capable of melting Keane’s heart so it’s no surprise that he went with a canine photo to announce his arrival on the platform. Captioning the pic with the words ‘a man’s best friend,’ Keano pretty much blew up the internet on Friday evening as millions clicked in to have a glimpse of the the smiling former Manchester United captain with his furry pal…

He followed this up with a Valentine’s Day post on Sunday, displaying his famous wit by writing ‘don’t forget to show some love today’ alongside a picture of one of his many on-field conflicts…

Going with an adorable photo of himself as a youngster as his profile pic, Keane’s page has amassed over one million followers since going live on Friday night, indicating that he hasn’t lost his ability to attract attention. Many assume that his Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards, a man who Roy gets along famously with, may have been the one to finally give him the nudge. The affable former Manchester City man posted a video last week in which he showed Roy a viral Tik Tok clip someone had made of the Corkman dancing…

You held out for a long time, Roy but social media always gets you in the end. We look forward to more photos of dogs, fights and anything else Keano sees fit to share. You can follow the man himself, if you haven’t already, via this link.

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