Ex-footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele" was admitted Tuesday at the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in Sao Paulo as soon as he disembarked in Brazil, after spending five nights hospitalized in Paris due to a urinary infection.
The 'king of football' landed in the early morning at Guarulhos International Airport in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, disembarked in a wheelchair surrounded by bodyguards and was immediately transferred to the medical center. According to the hospital bulletin disclosed by the institution, Pele went through admission tests, his state of health is "good" and the urinary tract infection has been contained.
The former football player and legend, 78, was hospitalized on Wednesday of last week after he participated in an event with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé in the French capital. Pelé's press office explained in a note that he suffered a "severe urine infection that required medical assistance and emergency surgery", now controlled and from which he has managed to recover satisfactorily.
Upon disembarking in his homeland, Pele was surrounded by many fans, showed the same good humor as always and exchanged a few words with his followers, whom he thanked for the "calls to the hospital in search of news" and the "prayers" " for your health. "Once again, thank God, everything went well, I am here and our Brazil lives", said the star.
The health of the eternal star of Santos São Paulo has been a cause of concern in his environment in recent years. In addition to two urinary tract infections, in 2014 and 2019, Pelé has been subjected to surgeries in the column, in 2015, and in the hip twice, in 2012 and 2016, so that their mobility was considerably reduced.