Multiple players impressed with their goal-scoring at the 1958 FIFA World Cup Sweden™. Pele and Helmut Rahn fired home six goals apiece, Vava and Peter McParland hit five, and Kurt Hamrin, Lajos Tichy, Agne Simonsson and Zdenek Zikan rippled the net four times.
But in scoring terms, nobody even came close to touching Just Fontaine. The Morocco-born France striker travelled to Scandinavia as a reserve, but an injury afforded him a chance to start Les Bleus’ opener.
Fontaine only had one boot when he was handed the shock start, and that almost cost him the opportunity to compete against Paraguay. However, he borrowed a boot from reserve Stephane Bruey and, with it, scored 13 goals in six matches as France finished third. That almighty feat remains a record for a single FIFA World Cup.
“I thought for a long time that somebody would be capable of beating my record, but 55 years have passed and, until now, nothing,” Fontaine said last year. “Actually, I’ve begun to doubt the possibility.”