SAO PAULO, Brazil (June 22) – Brazilian media say soccer legend Pele was held up at gunpoint, and robbed by a band of youths armed with knives and guns. They took a gold necklace, cell phone, and watch.
The media reports say it happened back on June 13th in a slum near the city of Santos, but wasn’t made public until today.
Pele was riding in the passenger seat of a car when it was stopped by at least 10 young men.
The soccer legend is a legally declared national treasure, according to the Brazilian government. In 1999 he was voted Athlete of the Century by the world’s national Olympic committees.