Football's most iconic save lives strong 21 years on

The famous Scorpion Kick was made by Rene Higuita at Wembley

Football's most iconic save lives strong 21 years on


A drab 0-0 draw between England and Colombia is still marked to this day.

That shows the impact Rene Higuita has had on the world of goalkeeping, as his "Scorpion Kick" save is still mimicked around the world. Wednesday marked the 21th anniversary of football's most iconic save.

The Colombian goalkeeper was the star as his side faced England in a friendly at Wembley as the hosts continued their build up towards Euro 96. While the game was instantly forgettable, Higuita's save lives long in the memory.

"Human beings are always remembered for their great work, and that was what it was", Higuita revealed in a 2012 interview with Spain's Mundo Deportivo.

"That day in England, I was given the ball that I had been waiting for five years."

Jamie Redknapp's mishit cross that should have landed in the goalkeepers hands, but from Redknapp's waste, a present was created, that will never be bettered.

He only played in the 1990 World Cup, despite missing out on the 1994 and 1998 squads. Despite retiring only in 2010, the spirit and memory of 'El Loco' lives strong this day