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World Cup: 7 reasons why Roy Keane is the MVP of World Cup 2022

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7 glorious times Roy Keane has proven himself the World Cup’s MVP

Forget Kylian Mbappe, Bukayo Saka & Saudi Arabia, the real star of the 2022 World Cup has been Roy Keane – we cannot get enough of the former Manchester United captain in Qatar.

Keane has bought his unique mix of forthright speaking and no-nonsense attitude to the World Cup, treating ITV viewers on a daily basis with his takes on various issues.

And we cannot get enough of the 51-year-old tackling the various World Cup protests in the exact same way he analyses midfielders not putting in a shift in. Marvellous stuff.

Here’s every reason why Keane has been the MVP of Qatar 2022 so far.


The former Republic of Ireland captain didn’t mince his words when it came to players not taking a booking for wearing the OneLove armbands.

“I think the players could have done it for the first game and taken the punishment, whatever that might be,” Keane said on ITV.

“[Harry] Kane you’re obviously risking getting a yellow card. That would have been a great statement. Do it for the first game, if you get your yellow card what a message that would have been from Kane or [Gareth] Bale.

“Take your medicine and then the next game you move on and you don’t wear it because you don’t want to get suspended.

“I think it was a big mistake. I think both [sets of] players, we’re talking about England Wales here, should have stuck to their guns and done it, whatever pressure from outside and their own associations. Have the belief, if that’s what you believe then go with it.”

“It’s a gesture and it’s a start but I think they can do a lot more. They say they have been silenced. By who? By who?” Keane added when Germany engaged in a protest by covering their mouths in their team photo ahead of their opener against Japan.

“The most important people in football are the supporters and the players. Use your voice! Use your voice! Wear the armband. Leadership is about action, Go and do it.

“It’s a gesture and it’s a start but they can do more.”


A lack of quality is forgivable, but a lack of effort is unforgivable in Keane’s metaverse.

It also afforded him the chance to piss on England’s chips, which is an unmissable opportunity for any proud Irishman.


While some pundits – cough, Gary Neville – have taken a mealy-mouthed, fence-sitting approach to Qatar, Keane tackled the issue with typical single-mindedness.

“The World Cup shouldn’t be here. It shouldn’t be here,” Keane said before Saudi Arabia’s shock win over Argentina.

“The corruption, regarding Fifa, you’ve got a country, the way they treat migrant workers, gay people.

“The bottom line is, we are talking about common decency, how you treat people. Football, the greatest sport in the world, there is so much money involved, there will be corruption but let’s get back to basics, you have to treat people with decency.

“It should start and finish with that.”

Mic drop.

Souness argument

“You’ll learn a lot more if you listen rather than talk all the time.”

That’s the most stupid bravest thing Souness has done since planting that flag during an Istanbul derby.

Ronaldo & Ten Hag

Manchester United acted like a spoilt toddler as the eyes of the footballing world left them for a single second, canceling Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract and announcing the Glazers were looking to sell up during the Mexico-Poland borefest.

The news broke while Keane was sadly off-air, but the United legend didn’t hold back when asked about the developments at Old Trafford.

“The new manager was never going to play him,” Keane said before Germany’s defeat to Japan. “You cannot have Ronaldo as a sub or a fringe player. it’s just not right. it’s sad but these things happen.

‘I don’t think it’s been great management. It’s been a difficult situation but I don’t think the manager comes out of it well. People always praise the manager down stating that he “put a marker down” but part of management is looking after the top players.

‘You have to treat top world-class players differently. This idea that you have to treat everyone the same, you don’t.”

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