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Ex-Everton, Spurs, Ajax and Dortmund midfielder Pienaar hangs up his boots

Ex-Everton, Spurs, Ajax and Dortmund midfielder Pienaar hangs up his boots

The former Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder has been playing Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier Soccer League but exclusively announced his retirement in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Speaking to SABC TV, the 61-cap South Africa global said: "From day one. the love and everything".

This was the first of many accolades the technically gifted midfielder would revel in during his career.

Injury problems plagued Pienaar during his time with Everton and throughout his career, and the Toffees official Twitter account sent a message to their former wide man this evening.

The South African worldwide confirmed to KweséESPN on Wednesday that he would hang up his boots. It's been a long [journey]; a lot of ups and downs throughout my career, but like I said, I really appreciate your love, and thanks for everything.

Pienaar spent most of his career in Europe, playing in three different countries.

Subsequently, Pienaar moved to German side Borussia Dortmund before he switched to Everton in the Premier League, where he was adjudged "Player of the Year" for the 2009-10 season, Sport24 reported. "We hope to see you at Goodison soon!".

"No, I don't think this it's too early, you know, what can I say?", Hunt told Goal. For me the a year ago or couple of months I have been dwelling on the decision.

Pienaar represented the likes of Everton, Sunderland, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur in his club career, while on the worldwide front he amassed 61 senior caps and represented South Africa at two World Cups, the Confederations Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

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