Football: Pelé in hospital but no cause for concern, his manager says

Reuters

Posted at Sep 06 2021 10:53 PM

Brazilian football legend Pelé is seen in Paris, April 2, 2019. Picture taken April 2, 2019. Christian Hartmann, Reuters/file
Brazilian football legend Pelé is seen in Paris, April 2, 2019. Picture taken April 2, 2019. Christian Hartmann, Reuters/file

SAO PAULO—Brazil football great Pelé has been in hospital for 6 days with an undisclosed health problem but the 80-year-old is not seriously ill, an advisor to the former Santos and New York Cosmos forward told Reuters on Monday. 

The Globo news site said Pelé was undergoing routine examinations in Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital when the undisclosed issue was detected.

Pelé’s business manager Joe Fraga said there was no cause for concern.

"Full battery of tests/scans/colonoscopy/blood etc," Fraga wrote in a message. “He doesn’t do everything in one day.”

The scare came a few days after Pelé was forced to refute reports he had fainted.

In an Instagram message accompanied by a smiling picture of the 3-time World Cup winner, Pelé wrote: “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!" (Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond)

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