Just Fontaine’s 13 Goals With Borrowed Boots in 1958 Tops List of Most Goals Scored by a Player in World Cup

Just Fontaine’s 13 Goals With Borrowed Boots in 1958 Tops List of Most Goals Scored by a Player in World Cup

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Just Fontaine scored 13 goals at Sweden in 1958 to become the man with the most goals in a World Cup
  • The Marrakesh-born star who played for France notched in four goals against West Germany in the third-place match
  • Incredibly enough, Fontaine borrowed boots from the backup striker to achieve the feat

Born in Marrakesh, Just Fontaine went on to set the astonishing record for most goals in a FIFA World Cup tournament.

The incredible striker who played for France scored four goals against defending champions West Germany in their 6-3 win in the third-place match at Sweden in 1958.

By the time the tournament ended, Fontaine had notched in a staggering 13 goals in six matches.

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Just Fontaine remains the record holder of the player with the most goals at a FIFA World Cup tournament. Photo: Emilio Ronchini
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Up to date, no one has been able to match that feat, as Fontaine remains the only man with the most goals in a single World Cup tournament.

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It is incredible to note that Sweden 1958 was his first and only World Cup, which makes his feat more incredible and remarkable.

FIFA records have it that only Miroslav Klose of Germany, Ronaldo from Brazil and Germany's Gerd Muller have more goals than the Frenchman.

Fontaine said:

“For my World Cup record, my big advantage was that I'd had an operation on my knee in December 1957 and came back in February. That gave me a little winter break which meant that, in June, I was fresh and the others weren’t.”

How Fontaine scored 13 goals in six matches

He opened the tournament with a hat-trick in France's first game against Paraguay; by the time the group matches ended, he was already on six goals.

The then 24-year-old then notched in a brace against Northern Ireland in the quarter-final and then got a goal in their 5-2 win over Brazil in the semis.

France’s No.17 proved a nightmare for West Germany goalkeeper Heinz Kwiatkowski in the Match for Third Place, netting four as he brought his tally to 13.

Borrowed boots for the record breaker

Findings show that Fontaine borrowed boots from backup forward Stephane Bruey to achieve the feat, as his own boots were worn out.

He added:

"I like to tell people that some of my goals were inspired by combining two spirits inside the same shoe."

He was later forced to retire at the age of 28, thereby ending his glorious footballing career in 1962.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.