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Brazil star Jefferson has Range Rover CARJACKED by armed gang on the way to training

Botafago goalkeeper thrown out of his car by handgun-wielding thugs after they pull up alongside him

Former Brazil international Jefferson says he is lucky to be alive after an armed gang CARJACKED his Range Rover.

The goalkeeper had been on the way to training when a group of men in a car – wielding HANDGUNS – pulled up alongside him and forced him out of the car.


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The 34-year-old, capped 22 times for Brazil between 2011 and 2015, is seen kneeling on the ground with his hands on his head on the pavement.

The shock footage, captured on CCTV, then sees the three thugs speed off in Jefferson’s Range Rover, abandoning their other car.

Jefferson was driving the 4×4 in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday morning.

Jefferson last played for Brazil against France in 2015

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Jefferson last played for Brazil against France in 2015

According to local reports, police recovered the Range Rover during a raid late on Sunday night.

The car was being stored in the Rio suburb of Fazedinha.

Jefferson wrote on social media: “I’ve sadly become another victim of the violence that ravages our city.

A lucky escape

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A lucky escape

“I was on my way to training with Botafogo when I was overpowered by armed men who intended to steal my car and my belongings.

“God gave me the calmness to deal with the dangerous situation, and thanks to Him I did not suffer any violence.”

The goalkeeper had spells in Europe between 2005 and 2009 with Turkish sides Trabzonspor and Konyaspor.