Steven Pienaar stated on Twitter that it was a ‘pleasure’ to play with Leighton Baines after he retired from football following Everton’s final game of the season.
There’s no doubt that Baines will go down as an Everton legend, as Yannick Bolasie also shared his thoughts on the left-back by stating it’s ‘sad’ he won’t get to share a field with him once again.
Baines will not just go down as a Toffees favourite, but he will also go down as a very underrated Premier League player.
Here are the messages Pienaar and Bolasie sent to Baines after he announced he retired:
Baines did take to the field for the final 20 minutes of Everton’s defeat to Bournemouth, who were relegated from the Premier League.
Whilst going out on a defeat would disappoint Baines, it’ll probably hurt him more that the Goodison Park faithful weren’t there to give him a proper send-off that he deserves.
It now remains to be seen what Baines does in the near future, as there’s no doubt that he will have a job for life on Merseyside.
Pienaar perhaps played his best football alongside Baines, whilst Bolasie, who joined the club for £25 million in 2016 [BBC] played with the free-kick specialist during the latter end of his career.