Just Fontaine, born on August 18, 1933, in Marrakesh (Morocco), has scored the most goals in a single World Cup.
Coach Paul Nicolas surprisingly included him in France’s World Cup roster for the 1958 tournament in Sweden, and his 13 goals in six games set a record that has yet to be broken.
His excellent friend Raymond Kopa took care of penalties, therefore all of his goals came in regular play.
Fontaine scored a hat trick in the opening match against Paraguay. After that, we scored twice against Northern Ireland and twice against Yugoslavia.
He was only able to score one in each of the games against Scotland and Brazil.
Then, in the play-off for third place, he outdid even his own remarkable performance by beating the German goalie Kwiatkowski four times. France secured third place with a 6-3 victory over the defending champion.
Starting off with A.S. Marrakesh and U.S. Casablanca, where he was the finest marksman in North Africa, Fontaine moved on to greater things. Later, he joined Nice and helped them win the Cup in 1954 and the league title in 1956.
Then, he was seen by Stade Reims’s top scout, Albert Batteux, and he helped the team win the league twice. Fontaine appeared in 26 games that year and scored 34 goals. A year later, he scored 10 times for his team in the European Cup.
He played for Stade Reims, but they lost the final to Kopa’s new team, Real Madrid.
In 1958, he finished behind Kopa and German Helmut Rahn in voting for the Best European Player of the Year. Go along with his exceptional awareness of the game as a whole, his incredible scoring instinct and his ability to forecast a promising circumstance made him an unstoppable force.
Because he could keep his cool under pressure, his already incredible finishing power was even more impressive.
He believes that working with top-tier teammates like Wiesnieski, Kopa, Piantoni, and Vincent helped him reach the pinnacle of his profession. Fontaine scored 30 goals in 20 games with the national team despite his short stint there.
On October 7, 1956, he made his debut in Paris, losing 1-2 to Hungary. On December 11, 1960, he retired from the sport after a 3-0 victory against Bulgaria.
Two leg fractures two months later forced him to retire from playing at the young age of twenty-seven and instead focus on coaching.
A temporary leader of the French national team in 1967, he later led Paris St. Germain back to the top flight of French soccer in 1973.