Former Everton and South African international winger Steven Pienaar has retired from all forms of football, as of tonight.
Recognised as a determined winger who once had pace and ability in abundance, Steven Pienaar has and always will be thought of highly by his fans at Everton.
Remembering some particular stand out moments draws me straight away to the wingers connection and uncanny link up play with left back Leighton Baines. The pair were aguably the biggest part of David Moyes’ most effective squad in his time as manager at the club. Also easily remembered was Pienaar’s performance in Everton’s 2009 FA cup semi-final and final, although the latter wasn’t a successful venture for the Blues, Pienaar was one of Everton’s better players on the day.
Pienaar, 35, scored 20 goals over 4 separate spells (2 loan deals and 2 permanent deals) consisting of 190 appearances. During his nearing double century of appearances, Pienaar also totalled over 50 assists.
Whilst Pienaar has retired from his footballing journey, it is understood that he will now stay in his homeland of South Africa and invest his money in the jewellery and high end assests business.
The left wing at Goodison hasn’t quite seen as much success since Pienaar and Baines intially found their unlikely partnership. Although Baines continues his career at Everton for now, he is yet to find a winger in front of him that he can link with with the same impact as that of Pienaar.
The South African started his career out in his homeland at Ajax’s sister club, Ajax Cape Town in 1999/2000. From there Pienaar joined Ajax Amsterdam and his professional footballing journey went from strength to strength from that point on, joining Borussia Dortmund (06/07), Everton (Loan 07/08, permanent deal 08/09, loan 11/12 and a final permanent deal in 12/13), Tottenham (10/11) and Sunderland (16/17).
Pienaar played out his final year at South African club Bidvest Whits FC, but struggled to find game time and only made 11 appearances.
We certainly wish Steven all the best with his future endeavours and will always remember his brilliance in that first spell at Goodison Park!