Former Bafana Bafana midfield legend Steven Pienaar celebrates his 38th birthday on Tuesday. Briefly.co.za looks at eight interesting facts regarding the footballing ace.
Steven Jerome Pienaar was born in Johannesburg, but started his professional career at Ajax Cape Town.
After winning the Rothman's Cup in December 2000, Pienaar soon moved to parent club, Ajax Amsterdam, in Holland.
He won the Eredivisie in 2002 and 2004 with the Dutch giants, while playing with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nigel de Jong and Rafael van der Vaart.
He enjoyed a glorious spell at Ajax, but moved to join German giants Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
During the 2007/ 2008 season, Pienaar was loaned to English Premier League side Everton and this is where he left a lasting impression.
The move was soon made permanent and the midfielder was named the club's player of the season for the 2009/ 2010 campaign.
In 2011, Pienaar attracted interest from both Chelsea and Tottenham, with both clubs launching bids.
Tottenham's offer of £3 million was accepted by the Toffees, but Pienaar's spell at White Hart Lane was blighted by injuries.
Pienaar returned to Mzansi in July 2017 after he was signed by Bidvest Wits. Briefly.co.za recalls that his spell was prematurely ended and he officially retired in March 2018.
The playmaker featured for Bafana Bafana between 2002 and 2012, with a total of 61 appearances.
Another football star celebrates his birthday this week, in the form of Bernard Parker.
Briefly.co.za shared some fascinating facts about the Kaizer Chiefs striker.
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