Paris, March 1 (BNA): No one could beat Just Fontaine’s lifetime World Cup record. His 13 goals were scored in one tournament with France in 1958 and have stood up in 16 World Cups since.
Fontaine’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by his former club Reims and the French Football Federation. He was 89 years old, according to the Associated Press.
The closest person to reaching Fontaine’s tally was Gerd Müller, who scored 10 goals for West Germany in 1970. Kylian Mbappe scored eight goals in last year’s World Cup.
It took Fontaine six matches to achieve the feat in the World Cup in Sweden, shortly after winning the French League and French Cup double with Reims and leading the league with 34 goals.
Going into the World Cup tournament, Moroccan-born Fontaine was an unknown striker outside Ligue 1.
However, he tormented opponents with his lightning pace and finishing – and even with someone else’s boots. He had to borrow a pair of cleats after damaging them in practice.
Fontaine scored four goals in the third-place match against West Germany but could have scored five if he had taken the penalty.
Fontaine set a record when FIFA did not present a specific award for the tournament’s top scorer – it is now called the Golden Boot.