Only Three Other Players Have Scored More Goals Than The Late Just Fontaine

Only Three Other Players Have Scored More Goals Than The Late Just Fontaine

Rene Otinga
March 1, 2023 at 2:27 PM
  • France and World Cup legend Just Fontaine has passed away aged 89
  • Fontaine was recently named among the 125 Greatest Living Footballers
  • He achieved an incredible feat in 1958, scoring 13 goals in six matches at the World Cup
  • He remains the only player to have scored that many goals at a single tournament
  • Notably, his feat puts him fourth in the all-time World Cup top scorer list

French football legend Just Fontaine will certainly go down as a legend of the beautiful game, as his death was confirmed on Wednesday, March 1.

Fontaine may not be a very familiar name among contemporary fans, but those who know their history have an idea of the terrifying stat which he holds that may never be matched in the future.

The Frenchman holds the record for the most goals scored at a single World Cup, as he managed a staggering 13 goals in six games during the 1958 edition in Sweden.

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French forward Just Fontaine (L) dribbles past falling German player Alfred Kelbassa and storms towards the German goal in Sweden. Photo by DB/picture alliance.
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If this is not impressive enough, it is kind to note that Fontaine had a fairly short football career. In fact, he only represented the French national team 21 times between 1953 and 1960, finding the net on 30 occasions, BBC reports.,

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Where does Fontaine rank?

As far as the all-time World Cup goal scorers are concerned, Fontaine’s single goal-scoring campaign in 1958 placed him among the greats.

His 13 goals put him fourth in the all-time list, behind Miroslav Klose (Germany), Ronaldo Nazario (Brazil) and the legendary Gerd Muller (Germany) who occupy first second and third respectively.

According to WorldFootball.Net, Fontaine is tied on fourth along with Lionel Messi, who is likely to surpass him if the Argentine decides to feature in another World Cup.

However, no one comes close to the late French attacker in terms of goals-to-game ratio as his short stint means he has an impressive average of 2.17 goals per game at the World Cup.

His last match as a football player came in 1962 as he was forced to cut short his career due to recurring injuries, with retirement coming at just 28 years and 11 months old.

He had a stint as coach of the Morocco national team, which he guided to third place at the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations.

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