Great Pele admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo

Pele has been admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo for the third time in less than a year.


The Brazilian football legend is at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, a press officer for the hospital said.

Pele’s personal assistant told Reuters the ex-striker has been at the hospital “two or three days” and underwent a procedure to decompress a nerve root in his spine.

According to GloboNews news channel, Pelé is expected to leave the hospital on Monday.

Pele, 74, had prostate surgery at the same hospital in May. Last December he spent two weeks in hospital because of a urinary infection following surgery to remove kidney stones.

Pele, born Edson Arantes de Nascimento, is widely considered the greatest footballer of all-time.

He won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He scored 77 goals in 92 international matches and claimed to have found the net over 1,000 times during an 18-year career.