Rene Higuita The Madman of Colombia

  • 28-02-2021

Hello Everyone,

Hope all are ok and having a great life.Today I am going to tell you about the Colombian so called Madman Rene Higuita. He was famous for his unorthodox goalkeeping style and the unexpected Scorpion Kick.


Higuita was born in Medellín, Antioquia to a single mother named Maria Dioselina.and she died when he was very young so Higuita's grandma had to take care of him. He was a poor child and so he had to work as newspaper carrying and many other jobs in order to survive.

    Higuita's first major tournament was the 1989 Copa América, where the team was knocked call at the primary round. within the 1990 FIFA World Cup , he played a crucial part to steer the country into the round of 16 for the primary time ever. However, Higuita's unorthodox playing style caused an error by him that knocked Colombia out of the planet Cup, when he tried to feint Cameroon striker Roger Milla but failed. Milla dispossessed Higuita and scored, which put Cameroon way to the quarter-finals.
    He played within the 1991 Copa América where the team finished fourth. He put on his gloves for the last time for national team was for the 1999 Copa América.

Higuita often kick off for the Colombian national team, He scored three goals in his 68 international appearances.

  • His Unorthodox Playing Style

The acrobatic Higuita was known for his dramatic flair, composure struggling and eccentric playing style. He often took unnecessary risks and actively beginning of his area to anticipate opponents playing the ball bent defenders, undertake individual dribbling runs, and plan to score goals, which led him to be described as a 'sweeper-keeper'.
It can also be added that Higuita invented the scorpion kick, where he involves the player jumping forward, positioning his legs over his head and in doing so, kicks the ball away with his heels.

  • Personal Life
    Higuita was friends with Diego Maradona and played within the Argentine's farewell match in 2001.

Higuita was imprisoned in 1993 after getting involved during a kidnapping. Acting as a go-between for the drug barons Pablo Escobar and Carlos Molina, he was largely liable for securing the discharge of Molina's daughter by delivering the ransom . He received $64,000 for his services, which breaks Colombian law because it is an offence to take advantage of a kidnapping. He was incarcerated for seven months before being released for free of charge. Higuita has also stated that "I'm a footballer and didn't know anything about kidnapping laws."

In this video you can see the Scorpion Kick of Rene Higuita where he saved a goal without taking the ball in hand.Hope all of you enjoy the video and my post.

And this is the first post of myself in World of Football.So if l made any mistake please get me informed.

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