What better time it is to bring back to memory the exploits of the retired Colombia national goalkeeper, Rene Higuita who stunned the world with his scorpion kick from the goal 22 years ago. He earned the name “El Loco” for his sweeping flair in the post. He was quite a personality with his long curly hair. His trade- mark hair was nothing compared to that of Chelsea’s David Luiz; quite longer.
In a friendly encounter against England at the Wembley Stadium on 6th September, 1995, Higuita went for glory with a scorpion kick to sweep a strike out of his net. He went about it in a well calculated manner and he sure might have practiced it several times to get it done so perfect. He actually could have been a good footballer with his dribbles and ball control skills.
WATCH: Rene Higuita’s Scorpion Kick
Higuita retired with so many praises for being one of the best as he gave a different phase to goal keeping. The 51 year old retired Colombian international is currently the coach for Atletico Nacional‘s goalkeeper after retiring from the club.
While he had fun doing what he loved, he left an unbeaten record in his country for longest- time to concede a goal with 165 minutes. His huge role in the 1990 World Cupwould always be remembered. He played along great figures such as Roger Mila of Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup, and with Brazilian legend, Ronaldinho in theVincente Calderon Stadium farewell match on 29th May, 2017.
Has Any Goalkeeper done to Scorpion kick after him?
South Africa goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune was brave enough to mimic the scorpion kick 20 years after in the South African Premier league Divisionmatch between Kaizer Chief and Black Aces on 28th October, 2015. His reaction after they won the game was “What a relief” knowing how much of a risk it was for his side.