The WC icon has passed away – he wrote unforgettable history in Sweden

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Today came the news that sent the football world into mourning.
WC icon Just Fontaine has passed away, aged 89.
He made history during the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

The football world has now lost one of its greatest icons. During the night of Wednesday, the tragic news came that Just Fontaine unfortunately passed away.

Historic 1958

The former striker was 89 years old and the immediate family confirms his death, reports the AFP news agency. The Frenchman will forever be remembered for the unbeaten record he broke during the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

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FILE – Soccer legend Pele, of Brazil, feeds French soccer legend Just Fontaine, left, with a soccer ball cake Sunday, July 5, 1998 in Paris. French soccer great Just Fontaine, whose 1958 record of 13 goals scored during a World Cup still stop, has died. He was 89. His former club Reims announced Fontaine’s death on Wednesday March 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File) PAR103

Then Fontaine scored an improbable 13 goals in just 6 matches in the World Cup and to this day no other footballer has managed to beat the matchless goal record. The Frenchman is also tied for fourth place with Lionel Messi over the most World Cup goals ever, despite only playing one World Cup.

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French legend

Fontaine scored a total of 30 goals in 21 caps for France, despite being born in Morocco. To this day, he is seen as one of French football’s greatest players of all time.

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130519, Football, French football gala: Zlatan Ibrahimovic et Just Fontaine ( meilleur joueur Ligue 1 ) – 19.05.2013 – CEremonie des trophies UNFP du Football 2013 – Photo : Visual / Icon Sport © Bildbyrån – COP 75 – SWEDEN ONLY

Just Fontaine ended his playing career as a 29-year-old in 1962 and then began a coaching career. As a player he has represented clubs such as Casablanca, Reims and Nice, as a coach he has led PSG, Toulouse and the Moroccan national team.

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