Keylor Navas pulls off scorpion kick in Real Madrid training session

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Younger readers might not be familiar with René Higuita and the reason why the former Colombian goalkeeper is famous in England.

Back in 1995, during a friendly between England and Colombia at Wembley, Higuita pulled off an extraordinary ‘scorpion kick’ to deny Jamie Redknapp. The whistle had already been blown for offside - but it’s nice to think that the South American didn’t know this and went for the unorthodox save simply because he wanted to.

Higuita’s moment of magic - or insanity, depending on your point of view - has been recreated by Real Madrid number one, Keylor Navas, this week. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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In training ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final clash against Wolfsburg, Marcelo attempted to beat Navas with a chip from just inside the penalty area but was denied by the Costa Rican ‘keeper’s acrobatic stop.

Higuita would have been proud.

Video: Keylor Navas pulls off a scorpion kick

Video: Rene Higuita's save v England

Navas has been outstanding this season

Navas has arguably been Real Madrid’s standout performer this season.

The 29-year-old was almost replaced by David de Gea on the final day of the summer transfer window - Real Madrid were keen for the former Levante star to move to Old Trafford in exchange for the world-class Spaniard - but the deal collapsed after the deadline was missed.

Real Madrid fans, however, aren’t complaining now.

Navas has been magnificent all season; arguably the best in Europe this term.

De Gea speculation refuses to go away

However, speculation is still rife that Real Madrid will make another move for De Gea this summer - especially if Manchester United fail to secure Champions League football for next season.

The Red Devils face a battle, with seven matches remaining, to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. However, it’s by no means impossible for Louis van Gaal’s side, particularly after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Everton.

Navas enjoying life under Zidane

As well as performing exceptionally well, Navas has also been saying all the right things in the press to encourage Zidane to keep him at the Bernabeu.

"We are all aware that a breather was needed," Navas was quoted as saying by ESPN in January, shortly after the departure of Rafael Benitez. "We are at Real Madrid, a team which has to win trophies. We were not doing things well, and that was reflected in the games.

"Now we are doing things better. Now we feel that we all win together, or all lose together. We have to fight until the end and we will get there with a chance to win trophies."

He added: "You have to respect every coach and when there is a change you have to give everything you are asked for.

"Zidane is a respectful person, he knows what he wants and we are there to obey and to the best we can. He has his sense of humour, but when he needs to be serious he is serious."

Real Madrid fans: would you prefer Keylor Navas or David de Gea in goal next season? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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