Just “JustO” Fontaine is a former French international football player with French and Spanish ancestors who used to feature prominently during the 1950s and 1960s. He played as a striker and is considered a French football legend mainly for holding the record of scoring the most number of goals in a single World Cup. He was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Just Fontaine commenced his club football career at US Casablanca and played for them between 1950 and 1953. He then moved to French side Nice and scored 44 goals in three seasons for them. In 1956 he was signed by Stade de Reims and galloped onto score 121 goals in six seasons for the former French and European giants. He won the French Ligue 1 title with Reims in 1958 and 1962.
Just Fontaine is best known for his exploits at the 1958 World Cup. He made his international debut for Franceon ecember 17,1953 against Luxembourg and scored a hat-trick in a 8-0 victory. and came to the fore in that particular competition. He scored an incredible 13 goals in that competition. He is now credited with scoring the third most goals in the World Cup finals overall and became the third player in 1958 to score in every match of a World Cup. He won the Golden Boot at the competition.
Just Fontaine made a total of 21 international appearances for his nation, scoring 30 goals. He was chosen as the best French player of the last 50 years by the French Football Federation in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003. After retiring from his playing career, Just Fontaine managed the French national team as well as PSG, Toulouse and the Moroccon national side.