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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Robbie Keane meets a familiar face at the White House

US President Barack Obama shows off the LA Galaxy jersey presented by Robbie Keane, coach Bruce Arena ( left) and the rest of the squad in the East Room of the White House in Washington
US President Barack Obama shows off the LA Galaxy jersey presented by Robbie Keane, coach Bruce Arena ( left) and the rest of the squad in the East Room of the White House in Washington
Robbie Keane meets Barack Obama in the Whitehouse
Robbie Keane meets Barack Obama in the Whitehouse

Robbie Keane met US President Barack Obama in what was the second encounter between the pair.

The Ireland captain presented the White House chief with an LA Galaxy jersey, with the name 'Barack' and the number 1 on the back.

Obama gave a special mention to Galaxy skipper Keane, who was voted the MLS Most Valuable Player (MVP) last season.

The pair exchanged words, joking with one another before Obama gave the footballer a congratulatory pat on the back.

Keane (34) was at the White House with his LA Galaxy team-mates in a ceremony celebrating their winning the MLS trophy, a team which the president described as having an "embarrassment of talent".

Competition

Also at the event were ice hockey team the Los Angeles Kings, who won last year's Stanley Cup competition.

The last time Keane met the President the pair hit it off, with Obama describing the footballer as "a cousin of mine".

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