He spent his entire career eluding men who were trying to dispossess him, but Pele apparently couldn't outrun a gang of robbers in his native Brazil.
Reports from Sao Paulo say that a ten-strong gang of thieves armed with guns and knives took Pele's gold necklace, a phone, and a watch during a traffic jam in Santos in the state of Sao Paulo. Soccer's greatest legend -- real name Edison Arantes do Nascimento -- wasn't hurt.
The incident occurred June 13, but was just made public ... by Pele himself.
Soccer Legend Pele -- Burgled in Brazil!
6/23/2008 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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