Extra Time: 'This Charming Fan' Morrissey visits Robbie Keane

The famous singer/songwriter dropped by to see the Republic of Ireland international striker - and distant relation - score for LA Galaxy in their clash with Club Tijuana

Who could this charming man be stood beside Robbie Keane? Why, it’s famous singer-songwriter Morrissey!

LA Galaxy were a thorn in the side of Club Tijuana as the MLS champions caused panic in the Mexican club’s defence, beating them 6-2 in a pre-season friendly.

And though this may appear to be an incidental meeting of two Irishmen, the pair are in fact distant relatives, as revealed by the singer himself.

Writing on the True To You Morrissey fanzine, the former Smiths frontman said: "It was a joyous head-storm to attend LA Galaxy v Club Tijuana last night and to see captain Robbie Keane score in the fourth minute. Why, exactly?

"Well, family tree aficionados will be aware that Robbie and I share the same Irish blood; his late grandfather (Thomas Nolan) being my own father's cousin. In filial terms the Irish blood, English heart genetic between Robbie and I is evident - his chin is my chin, my chin is his.

"Robbie was raised on Captains Road (as was my mother) in Crumlin (Dublin), before he was shipped out to Tallaght.

"He is a gentleman of the highest caliber (or, if you must, calibre), and to watch him on the pitch - pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut, is pure therapy. Robbie, the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

Keane and his Galaxy team-mates are currently undergoing pre-season preparations ahead of their first game of the new MLS campaign on March 3 against Chicago.

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