Netflix chronicles the life of the most extreme and controversial goalkeeper in football history

“Football is like life; you go through good and bad times”. The trailer of ‘Higuita: The Way of Scorpion’, the Netflix movie dedicated to one of the most iconic goalkeepers in football history, captures in this sentence the essence of a controversial, iconic and eclectic human being. René Higuita was the most extreme definition of a goalkeeper. Reckless, atypical, unconventional. The saves of this Colombian juggler appeared as continuous profane miracles and challenges to tradition.

Genius or madness, the boundary between these two aspects has never been define in one of fútbol’s most exotic artists: the inventor of the immortal signature move of the ‘Scorpion’, capable of scoring over 40 goals in his career, while he was a Pablo Escobar friend, and even an intermediary in a kidnapping. Nothing has been crystal clear in Higuita’s life, too often obscured by his trademark flights and magical tricks.

Going back in time and delving into Higuita’s turbulent memories, Netflix explain to us the real way of Scorpion. A perfect fit for our Watchlist. 

Text by Gianmarco Pacione

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