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Steven Pienaar Compares The Leagues He’s Played In

Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar, who has played in South Africa, Holland, Germany and England, compared the quality of the different leagues he has played in.

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The Sunderland player has been one of South Africa's best players abroad, where he probably enjoyed his best years at under David Moyes at Everton. 

In a recent interview with Soccer Laduma, Pienaar compared the quality of the different leagues across Europe that he has competed in, saying he enjoys the Premier League most because of it's huge fan base. 

“Those leagues are totally different! Holland is more football wise… it’s one of the best. If you are a young player, you develop,” he said.

“They give you the opportunity and the chance to prepare yourself for the next step.

“When I moved to Germany, I was quite prepared for that step because I had played for so long in Holland, even though when I went to Germany it was totally different.

“It was more physical. That was another challenge for me. I had to cope with that and it took me a while to settle in.

“Obviously the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and everyone watches it, so the competition is quite fierce and a lot of teams, even the smaller teams, can beat the bigger teams.

“The support around the games is also really good, which is what I enjoy about the Premier League.”

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Pienaar has played 201 EPL games, scoring 22 goals and assisting a further 40 strikes. 

Do you think South Africa needs to see more players taking their careers abroad? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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