posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 02:27 PM
Marina de Souza, the mother of Santos football club's talented young forward Robinho, was freed today 40 days after kidnappers snatched her from a
party in Brazil, a Santos spokesman said.
Two gunmen abducted Souza, 43, from a barbecue party with friends in the Santos neighbourhood of Praia Grande on November 6.
Globo TV said Souza was found in Perus, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. She is undergoing medical checks before heading back to
Robinho, 20, has been out of action since his mother was seized although he has taken part in training.
Despite the absence of their star attacker, Santos remain only two points off Atletico Paranaense in the Brazilian championship as it enters the final
No further details were immediately available.
Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, is considered one of the most exciting young talents in Brazilian football.
European clubs, with Real Madrid heading the pack, are queuing up to sign him.