Pele Leaves Intensive Care, Now “Lucid and Eating Well”

Football legend Pele has left intensive care and is “doing well” following a urinary infection.

The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital on 24 November.

A statement from the hospital said the 74-year-old “is doing well without medical complications.”

Pele’s kidney function will be re-assessed on Wednesday. He is “lucid and eating well,” can walk around his room and is receiving “semi-intensive care.”

Pele Doing Well After Urinary Infection.
Pele Doing Well After Urinary Infection.

He was initially discharged from hospital on November 13 after surgery to remove kidney stones.

Regarded as the greatest player of all time, Pele won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and scored a world-record 1,281 goals in 1,363 games during his 21-year career.

He made 14 appearances at World Cup finals, scoring 12 goals and was awarded the Fifa Golden Ball as the best player at the 1970 tournament.