The Brazilian Pelé, living legend of football, has been hospitalized for six days in Sao Paulo, due to health problems that appeared during routine examinations, several Brazilian media announced on Monday, September 6.
According to the G1 news site, “King” Pelé, 80, has not left the Albert-Einstein hospital since August 31. That day, the three-time world champion posted a message on social media, assuring that he was ” in good health “ and denying rumors that he lost consciousness.
“I went to the hospital for routine examinations that I had not been able to do before because of the pandemic”, he explained, without specifying that he remained hospitalized.
Several Brazilian media have reported on ” health problems “ discovered during these examinations, which would have motivated a prolonged hospitalization.
“As soon as the doctors have completed all the examinations, we will issue a press release”a member of Pelé’s entourage told AFP. The Albert-Einstein Hospital, for its part, declared that it “No information” about the hospitalization of the ex-footballer, nor about his state of health.
Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been hospitalized numerous times in recent years, revealing fragile health. His last hospital stay was in April 2019, in Paris, because of a severe urinary tract infection. Back in Brazil, he had a kidney stone removed.
At the end of 2014, Pelé had already suffered from a serious urinary tract infection and was placed in intensive care and on dialysis. He is also diminished by hip problems and used a walker during his last public appearances.
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In February 2020, Pelé had made a point of reassuring his admirers of his mental health, after remarks by his son Edinho saying that he was alive “Recluse” and suffered “Some form of depression”.