René Higuita

1966 - Today

Photo of René Higuita

Icon of person René Higuita

José René Higuita Zapata (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈne iˈɣita]; born 27 August 1966) is a Colombian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was nicknamed El Loco ("The Madman") for his high-risk 'sweeper-keeper' playing style and his flair for the dramatic. Higuita's style of play, which was first shown to a global audience during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, was pioneering in influencing goalkeepers to take more responsibility for situations farther from the goal.IFFHS ranked Higuita the 8th best South American keeper in history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Higuita has received more than 1,664,784 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). René Higuita is the 157th most popular soccer player (down from 112th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Colombia (down from 7th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Colombian Soccer Player.

René Higuita is most famous for his scorpion kick goal against England in the 1990 World Cup, which was the first time that this type of goal had been seen in a World Cup.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.7M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 49

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.50

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of René Higuitas by language


Among soccer players, René Higuita ranks 157 out of 16,923Before him are Kaká, Oldřich Nejedlý, Edgar Davids, Iker Casillas, Grzegorz Lato, and Hiroaki Sato. After him are Hirokazu Ninomiya, Helmut Rahn, Kazu Naoki, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, and Carles Puyol.

Most Popular Soccer Players in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1966, René Higuita ranks 16Before him are George Weah, Luke Perry, Halle Berry, Grigori Perelman, Vincent Cassel, and Roman Abramovich. After him are David Cameron, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Wright, Patrick Dempsey, David Schwimmer, and Zoran Milanović.

Others Born in 1966

Go to all Rankings

In Colombia

Among people born in Colombia, René Higuita ranks 8 out of 271Before him are Gabriel García Márquez (1927), Fernando Botero (1932), César Gaviria (1947), Juan Manuel Santos (1951), Shakira (1977), and Carlos Valderrama (1961). After him are Carlos Valdes (1989), Nicolás Gómez Dávila (1913), Luis Carlos Galán (1943), Francisco de Paula Santander (1792), Griselda Blanco (1943), and Álvaro Uribe (1952).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In Colombia

Among soccer players born in Colombia, René Higuita ranks 2Before him are Carlos Valderrama (1961). After him are Andrés Escobar (1967), James Rodríguez (1991), Radamel Falcao (1986), Faustino Asprilla (1969), Iván Córdoba (1976), Juan Cuadrado (1988), Efraín Sánchez (1926), Faryd Mondragón (1971), Freddy Rincón (1966), and Mario Yepes (1976).