Wife of Brazil goalkeeper Julio César robbed at gunpoint | inside World Soccer

Twenty four hours after several Spain players had possessions stolen from their hotel rooms in Recife, the wife of Brazil goalkeeper Julio César was the victim of an armed robbery in Fortaleza.

Julio César has been married with his wife Susana Werner since 2002
Julio César has been married with his wife Susana Werner since 2002

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César had just played in the Seleção's Confederations Cup win against Mexico in the city on Wednesday, when his wife, Susana Werner, became the latest figure in Brazil's spiralling crime statistics.

Robbers held her up at gunpoint as the former fiancé of Brazilian legend Ronaldo drove her car through the city.

"It was a routine robbery, just like all the ones I've heard about," said Werner on Twitter.

"It was the first time, but I was prepared to not react. The criminals were young and just wanted my belongings. There was no act of aggression, just a gun pointed at me."

"I told them to take everything including the car but they let us go. Life goes on. I love Brazil and I have faith.

"It could have happened to anyone, there were three of them in the middle of the street, waiting for the first car which passed. I won the prize."

Crime is a major concern in Brazil ahead of the World Cup next year, when hundreds of thousands of cash-toting tourists are expected to descend upon South America's most populous nation.