Steven Pienaar says goal for Everton against Man Utd was best moment of his career
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 01/03/18 5:22pm
Steven Pienaar says signing for Everton and scoring the goal that denied Manchester United the Premier League title were the best moments of his career.
The 35-year-old retired from professional football on Wednesday after almost 20 years in the sport, with his most notable spells coming at Everton and Tottenham.
Pienaar, who had two stints at Goodison Park, picked out his 85th-minute equaliser at Old Trafford in the dramatic 4-4 draw which prevented United from retaining the Premier League title in 2012 as his career highlight.
"My favourite moment? Obviously, signing for Everton and scoring the equaliser against Man United to deny them the title - that was something special for me," Pienaar told Sky Sports News HQ.
When asked what prompted his decision to retire, he said: "My body was just a bit tired, I couldn't get up anymore.
"My family has been supportive of the decision I've made and I just thought I have to to be honest to myself, my body and my family.
"It's a bit weird [no longer being a footballer], I'm just getting used to it. But it's been playing on my mind for a while so I'm happy I can spend time with the kids, with my mum, with my wife and the family. I'm really happy."
Pienaar's former club Everton travel to Turf Moor this Saturday to play Burnley, live on Sky Sports Premier League.