France legend and World Cup record holder Just Fontaine dies aged 89
Football legend Just Fontaine, France’s record World Cup goalscorer, has died aged 89.
Fontaine's former club Reims announced on Wednesday that the striker has passed away.
Just Fontaine holds the record for the most goals scored at a single World Cup. He managed to score 13 goals in just six matches forFrance
at the 1958World Cup
He is joint-fourth on the all-time World Cup goalscorers list alongside Lionel Messi. He scored 30 goals in 21 matches for France between 1953 and 1960.
"A star of French football, an outstanding striker, a legendary Reims player,"
said his former club Stade de Reims.
"A thought for Just Fontaine. An icon of French football who has left us."
"The death of Just Fontaine plunges French football into deep emotion and immense sadness,"
said FFF interim president Philippe Diallo.
"He wrote one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the French team.”
Fontaine scored 121 goals in six seasons for Reims and a total of 165 goals in 200 Ligue 1 matches. He won two league titles and the Coupe de France with Reims. Fontaine retired at the age of 28 due to a leg injury.
He later started his managerial career and managed teams including Luchon, Paris Saint-Germain, Toulouse, Morocco, and France national team in 1967.
In 2004, Pele named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers. A minute's applause in tribute to Fontaine will be held at all French football grounds.
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