Thieves take Pele’s arms

Ollie Irish

21st, June 2007


Pele.jpgThe feat is not quite dramatic as it may sound. Thieves have stolen the arms of a statue of Pele in Brazil. The legend’s replica arms were sawn off the bronze statue situated outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. The statue showed Pele holding the World Cup aloft, and the replica trophy was taken with the limbs.
Police are now searching scrap yards and art workshops in the hunt for the arms. In the meantime the statue is to be restored and moved inside the stadium. The statue was inaugurated in 1971 to celebrate Brazil’s World Cup victory the previous year. Raimundo Nonato, head of the Bahia state sports affairs department said: “The destruction of a landmark like this is a condemnable act. It is a tragedy and we are indignant.”

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  1. Laurie says:

    Neither the player nor the body parts I personally would choose, but to each his own.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i thought they’d taken his weapons.