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…
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).
If more would acknowledge that withOUT God, NOTHING is possible, it would be awesome. But unfortunately there is too many people out there that don’t believe and think there is no God. Fortunately for me, I do know that with God, EVERYTHING IS possible! 🙂
Once again, well written Sis!
I have got to be one of the most Blessed Bloggers…I have a Loving, Supportive Family who happen to be my biggest Fans!!! And not in the MISERY kind of way 😛
Beautiful, I love it, please keep it up, the Holy Spirit will give you strength. May God bless you always.
Muchas gracias por el comentario, eso nos demuestra que Dios está siempre con nosotros y NUNCA debemos olvidarlo como lo hacemos de vez en cuando algunos de nosotros aunque no seamos famosos.
Dios los ilumine para que sigan con su información.
Love it sis!! So many people forget to thank God for their accomplishments and that without Him we are nothing and that we owe it all to Him. Nothing is a coincidence, things happen for a reason and only God knows why. This is why we need to thank Him for what we have and do not have, only He know why! Keep up the awesome work, I look forward to reading your blogs…