SAO PAULO: A statue of Pele which is a popular meeting point in Santos for the old Brazilian World Cup-winning hero, has been knocked over by an out-of-control lorry.

The aluminium statue, located in a central square in the port city, was felled after a lorry driver lost control of his vehicle after an axle broke.

The owner of a bakery which raised and owns the statue, said it had lost an arm and a wrist and back had been damaged. It has been sent for repair and will be back in place, all being well, on  Wednesday.

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