Just Fontaine Scored 13 Goals in 1958 World Cup

Published on November 23rd, 2022 5:15 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

World Cup 1958 in Sweden.  France player holds the record for most goals scored in a WC match. Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single World Cup tournament?

Is it Pele? Cristiano Ronaldo? Ronaldo?

The answer is:

Just Fontaine.

Just Fontaine is regarded by many as being one of the top French footballers of all time, and he certainly helped to prove that at the 1958 World Cup.

During that tournament, Fontaine scored a total of 13 goals, despite the fact that France didn't even make the finals.


France was in Group B in 1958, a group that included Yugoslavia, Paraguay and Scotland.

In France's opening match against Paraguay, Fontaine notched a hattrick as France won 7-3.

In their next match against Yugoslavia, Fontaine scored 2 goals. France would lose that game 3-2.

In France's last Group B match against Scotland, Fontaine would score one of France's 2 goals as his team would win 2-1, allowing them to advance to the next round.


In their quarter-final match, France would win by a score of 4-0 against Northern Ireland, with Fontaine notching two goals.

In their semi-final match, France would lose to Brazil by a score of 5-2, with Fontaine scoring one of his team's two goals.

In the third place play-off, Fontaine would erupt for a total of four goals, including one in the last minute of the match, as France would defeat West Germany by a score of 6-3.


Will anybody break this record?

As parity increases in the football world, this seems like an increasingly unbreakable record.

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