Enhorabuena

From www.dailymail.co.uk.com

René Higuita, “El Loco,” a Legendary Colombian goalkeeper – a goalkeeper for my family’s, and my, most detested soccer team, “America” – retired from fútbol (or football, or soccer, depending on where you’re from) on January 24th of this year. He was most famous for his scorpion kick.

In 1995, in a friendly match against England, Higuita invented this unique way of stopping a goal. It is a clearance where the keeper jumps forward, arches his legs over his head and in doing so, kicks the ball away with the soles of his feet. It is truly a beautiful thing to watch. But I am not writing this because I am a great Higuita fan. To be quite honest the only times I will sit and watch a soccer match is either when my Beautiful Pumpkin would play; my Baby Brother, Nene, would play; my Handsome Ricky Rones would play; my Wittle Angelito would play; OR…It’s the World Cup and Mexico is Playing 😉

I am writing this because Higuita did something that needs to be shared and known…Something that more athletes and more of us should do…

From www.guardian.co.uk.com

After Higuita’s farewell match, in which he displayed his legendary Scorpion Kick and scored a goal, this man takes the microphone and with a very raw, open demeanor, and tears in his eyes says:

It is impossible to imagine this end and this heartache without Praising God who has me here at this moment, reunited with you all…

He openly cries. A standing ovation and cheers are heard throughout Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellin.

I remember those dealing with difficulties, in prisons, in hospitals, the sick children […]. It is impossible to forget those that are no longer here, the friends and teammates that left us; they are here, always with me…

Jose Marti says that the greatness of a man is not measured by the amount of space his feet take up, but by the horizon that his eyes discover. That is why, congratulations to Rene Higuita, who instead of praising himself and looking for praise for himself, yielded Praise and Honor to Him whom he owes his talent. And instead of seeking his vainglory, gives Thanks. René’s Scorpion execution was flawless, and his sting injected us with humanity’s “poison” (Santiago Giraldo Valencia, L.C).

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