Just Fontaine, a French football legend and record-breaker, has died aged 89. The legendary striker was the top scorer at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, smashing the previous record with an astonishing thirteen goals in just six matches. Those thirteen goals make him the highest-ever goal scorer in one tournament, a feat that has yet to be matched by any other player. Keep reading to know more about his life.
Just Fontaine Career Highlights
Fontaine had a long and successful career with France’s national soccer team between 1953 and 1960. During this time he scored 30 goals – an impressive feat for an international footballer of that era – and helped Les Bleus reach the semi-finals of the 1958 World Cup.
Fontaine’s impact on football stretched beyond the international stage as well. He enjoyed a successful club career with clubs such as Stade de Reims, Olympique de Marseille and Racing Club de Paris. Throughout his career he earned several individual accolades, including being named French Player of the Year in 1957 and being inducted into France Football magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
Just Fontaine Cause of Death
The cause of Just Fontaine’s death has not been officially announced. However, it is known that he had been suffering from health issues because of his older age.
The news of Fontaine’s death has been met with sadness by many within French football and around the world who admired his skill and achievements on the pitch. A true monument of French football history, Fontaine will remain remembered for generations to come as one of its greatest players ever.