Just Fontaine no more: Former French star's World Cup record will carry his legacy every 4 years!

Sports Tak Staff
March 12023

An icon of French football, Just Fontaine passed away at the old age of 89 on Wednesday, March 1. 

The forward is best known for scoring the most goals in a single edition of a FIFA World Cup!

He smashed 13 in just six matches of the 1958 tournament as France reached the semi-finals for the first time.

On his tournament debut against Paraguay, Fontaine scored a swashbuckling hat-trick. 

He also scored 4 in the third-place play-off win against West Germany, which meant he scored in every game in the tournament!

Only three other players have scored more in the mega football event.

These are Germany's Gerd Muller (14), Brazil great Ronaldo (15) and another German World Cup winner in Miroslav Klose (16). 

Lionel Messi tied Fontaine's tally of 13 in Qatar in his fifth participation.

At club level, Fontaine won the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 with Nice before joining Reims.

He was also part of the side that reached the European Cup final in 1958-59, losing to Real Madrid.

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