“Scorpion King” Rene Higuita hangs up his gloves with a testimonial (video)

Unless he does a Romario, legendary Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita may have stepped out on the field for the final time in his distinguished career after the 43-year-old keeper staged a testimonial against a Colombian all-stars XI.

In the match, Higuita donned his old, green-white Atletico Nacional kit as he was joined on the pitch by Carlos Valderrama, Faustino Asprilla, Leonel Alvarez, Oscar Cordoba, Mauricio Serna and Victor Aristizabal.

And the legendary keeper made sure to end his footballing career on a high, as Higuita not only pulled his famous scorpion kick to prevent a free-kick from crossing the line, but El Loco went on to score a screamer as he coolly dispatched a free-kick from 25-yards out.

Higuita also made an emotional speech at full-time, in which he reached out to the fans who have supported him throughout his career.

Higuita: “It is impossible to know you and not love you. It is impossible not to praise God, who united me with you at this moment. I never imagined this moment, because today I am living both the beginning and the end as active soccer player. I feel the emotion of the beginning, but the nostalgia of leaving a career that I love deeply… Thanks to my country, which I carry in my heart. I hope we will live in peace, that we can all look each other in the face, shake hands, hug and that the hostages return to their homes. This is what I ask of the authorities and the armed groups… I am not a perfect being, I am just a poor sinner.”

Highlights from Rene Higuita’s testimonial can be seen here.


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