'I was tired of being ugly' – Scorpion kick keeper Rene Higuita looks unrecognisable after plastic surgery

SCORPION kick goalkeeper Rene Higuita underwent plastic surgery on LIVE TV after being voted Colombia's ugliest icon.

Higuita, 55, built a reputation for his sweeper-keeper style of play, bringing flair to the keeper position – he even scored 41 goals in his career.

But he is most famous for inventing the scorpion kick and in 1995 cleared a cross from England's Jamie Redknapp using the technique.

That elevated him to icon status in Colombia but then years later Higuita's career snowdived.

He retired after failing a drug test and took the bold step to undergo surgery on reality television show Cambio Extremo.

At the time the keeper commented: "I am tired of being ugly René, I want to be handsome René."

And to transform his body Higuita had nose surgery, a silicon chin implant, skin peel, eyelid skin cut away, 'aggressive' liposuction and abdominal muscle enhancement.

A month after the procedure was completed Higuita declared: "Bodily I am perfect".

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Nowadays 'El Loco' still sports long curly locks that were a trademark throughout his career.

And occasionally Higuita still performs his scorpion kick party trickwith friends.

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