If I were to highlight one legend whom I have read about but had not seen the pleasure of playing, it will be Just Fontaine.
Just Fontaine was born in French Morocco in 1933 and played for Les Bleus and at the 1958 World Cup, Fontaine scored a total of 13 goals in 6 matches. Since then, no other player had scored more goals in a single World Cup and although this record is unbeaten, who knows if some ambitious player can come along and beat that record in the future?
Looks like it’s going to stay that way for a long time though!
It’s quite unfortunate that Fontaine is never/hardly mentioned along with the greatest strikers of all times. We tend to overlook him in favor of the favorites. Based on what I’ve learned/read, the Frenchman was quite the striker. I wish I was alive in that era to see him play. Fontaine’s Les Bleus made it to the semi-finals of the 1958 World Cup, only to be beaten/bested by Brazil (5-2). They eventually settled for 3rd place after destroying Germany 6-3.
At the Opening Ceremony before the FIFA Congress ahead of Brazil 2014, he was awarded an Adidas Platinum Boot:
Read more about the French legend here:
For a list of the top scorers in the World Cup, go here:
Those historic 13 goals: