RETIREMENT FOR EL LOCO

The Colombian goalkeeper Ren’© Higuita, famed for carrying out the best football trick of all time, has retired from football.

Higuita, 43, went out in style, hosting a charity match in aid of victims of Haiti and hostages in Colombia.

He was accompanied by the Colombian Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla the former Newcastle striker, Oscar Cordoba, Arnoldo Iguaran, Alexis Garcia, Luis Perea and Victor Aristizabal, amongst others.

The Colombian goalkeeper, shot to fame in the 1990 World Cup in Italy with his eccentric antics which led to his most famous moment on 7 September 1995.

Playing in an international against England, Higuita did the ‘Scorpion’. Preventing a ball from Jamie Redknapp going goal bound, Higuita flicked his heels up behind his head to save the ball, in a ‘Scorpion’ fashion. The trick was considered the best of all time in an international poll served here at Footy Boots (best football trick) in 2008.

Higuita repeated the trick in his farewell game, before going outfield and scoring from a free-kick.We spoke to Rene Higuita after he won the gong for best football trick of all time back in 2008.

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