Everton fans in the Tavern have been feeling nostalgic remembering their former wing-wizard Steven Pienaar after he announced his retirement yesterday. The 35-year-old from Johannesburg, South Africa represented Everton between 2007 and 2016, barring one season at Spurs in 2011/12 season.
| Steven Pienaar announced his retirement from football last night…
— Everton (@Everton) 1 March 2018
Steven Pienaar wowed the fans at Goodison Park time after time during his on and off time with the blue half of Merseyside. The winger scored 22 goals and registered 40 assists in his 204 Premier League appearances with Everton and was part of one of the stronger Everton sides of recent years that included Maroune Fellaini, Joleon Lescott and Louis Saha.
Despite failing to win any silverware during his time on Merseyside, Pienaar didn’t fail to win over the fans of the club he represented with most blue nosed Liverpudlians looking back fondly on their South African star. After leaving Everton in 2016, Pienaar joined his old manager, David Moyes, at Sunderland who were eventually relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season.
After leaving Sunderland, Pienaar joined South African side Bidvest Wits on a free transfer before announcing his retirement yesterday. Everton fans were keen to remember the days in which they had the 35-year-old rip-roaring down the left flank in a toffee’s shirt and showed their appreciation for Pienaar in response to an Everton club tweet.
Here’s what they said!
Brag about Steven Pienaar.What a glorious career,he played with adherence at his respective teams and represented our country with correctness. You’re one of a kind Homie #SchilloRetires
— Gabonewe Setshedi (@Gabojust) March 1, 2018
The goal against Arsenal was just sublime plus all the Bainaar combos in every game they played together #uncanny
— The Mamil (@Sullytheblue) 1 March 2018
Thank you Steven for the nine season’s that you served our club,so many wonderful moments that you gave us,god is great,but so were you,I wish you all the best. On your retirement
— Steven holland (@Stevenh00275434) 1 March 2018
Pienaar, Baines, Saha, Yakubu, Arteta, Lescott, Fellaini….and we had the audacity to moan. Those were good days. Would anhialate our current side.
— Lee McEFC83 (@LeeMcClean83) March 1, 2018
To us as south Africa we salute him we venerate Steven he is a legend he raised SOUTH AFRICA FLAG
— Bonginkosi mkhize (@Bonginkocy09) March 1, 2018
The chip v Arsenal away, the flick for the Osman goal v Larissa & just the link between him & Baines down the left.
— Ian (@Ghedin1878) March 1, 2018