Football legend Pele has been hospitalized with an undisclosed health problem.
The former World Cup winner was undergoing a routine examination in São Paulo‘s
Albert Einstein Hospital when the issue was detected.
Pele’s business manager Joe Fraga said there was no cause for concern, with “Full
battery of tests/scans/colonoscopy/blood etc “He doesn’t do everything in one day.”
And Pele shared an Instagram message five days ago, writing: “Guys, I didn’t faint
and I’m in very good health.
“I went for my routine exams, which I had not been able to do before because of the
pandemic. Let them know I don’t play next Sunday!”
The message came following rumours that the 80-year-old had fainted, which he
spoke out against to his 7.1m Instagram followers.
Pele is regarded as one of the best footballers in history, scoring 1,279 goals in 1,363
He spent the majority of his career at Santos while scoring 77 goals across 15 years.
This saw the Brazilian win three World Cup honours, the first coming at 18 years old
Pele then spent three years playing for New York Cosmos before retiring from
football in 1977 and taking on ambassadorial roles in the sport.
He regularly features in debates about the best players to feature in the game,
mentioned alongside Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.