Pele 'stable' following prostate surgery

Written By Harry West
Pele - Cropped

Pele is in stable condition following prostate surgery, the second time in six months the Brazil legend has been hospitalized.

The 74-year-old was treated at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo in November for a urinary tract infection, which stemmed from an earlier procedure to remove kidney stones.

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He was released from the facility in December, but on Thursday it emerged the three-time World Cup winner had been back in hospital with a separate issue, before returning home.

"Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital reports that the patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) is hospitalized after having undergone surgical procedure of transurethral resection of the prostate," a brief statement read. "He is now stable at his apartment. The hospital will provide a new statement as soon as there is new information."

Pele led Brazil to three World Cup titles, two Roca Cups, three Cruz Cups, the 1959 Bernardo O’Higgins Cup, the 1960 Atlantic Cup and three Oswaldo Cruz Cups. Pele won a total of 40 championships during his career playing for Santos FC in Brazil and the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. In 1958 and 1970, Pele was recognized as the best player at the World Cup. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 career matches.

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