Pele was held at gunpoint by a band of youths who stole his gold necklace, cell phone and watch, it was reported in Brazil last night.

The robbery, which took place on June 13 but was not made public until yesterday, occurred near the city of Santos, in southern Sao Paulo state.

Pele, the former Brazil striker, was in the passenger seat of a car when it was stopped near a slum by at least ten young men armed with pistols and knives.

When the assailants approached his car, Pele rolled down the window and told them who he was, but they robbed him anyway.