World Cup top scorer Just Fontaine dies


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Just Fontaine, the highest scorer in a single World Cup with 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup, died on Wednesday 1 March at the age of 89.

in 1958, just fontaine A record that has never been surpassed and is almost unmatched. However, the striker was called up at the last minute to replace the regular centre-forward who was injured ahead of the World Cup. He even competed in other people’s shoes. “He’s always on his toes, he scores with his left foot, his right foot and with his header. He’s skilled in front of goal, a bit of a fox on the water”sports journalist Jacques Vendroux described.

A shattered career at 27

Along with Raymond Kopa and Roger Piantoni, ‘Justo’ embodies the first golden generation of French football. A prolific goalscorer at Reims Stadium, his career was cut short at the age of 27 by fractures to both tibia and fibula. A year later, he relapsed and had to stop scoring. “The second time I was so angry that I cried because I knew I couldn’t come back”, He said. After his football career ended, Just Fontaine promoted the song, created the first players’ union and coached, notably at PSG. He still receives letters from all over the world congratulating him on his 13 goals, a record he carries with him, perhaps forever.

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