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Pele tweets from hospital: ‘I’m doing fine’

DOING FINE: Pele (PA)

WORLD FOOTBALL titan Pele has used social media to quash reports that he was placed under intensive care while being treated for a urinary tract infection in a Brazilian hospital.

The 74-year-old, who won three World Cups and notched up 77 goals and 91 caps for the Samba Boys in an illustrious career, is currently in Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital.

Following reports yesterday that Pele had been moved to a specialist unit because his condition had deteriorated, the iconic striker tweeted from his hospital bed: “I was simply relocated to a special room within the hospital for privacy purposes only”.

According to him, the move was down to getting some peace and quiet following the large number of visitors who had come to wish him well.

He added: “While I appreciate all the visitors that came to see me, I really need to continue my treatment and recovery in peace.

“I am looking forward to spending the upcoming holidays with my family and will start the new year with renewed health, with many international trips already planned! Thank you!”

Pele was admitted to hospital on Monday (Nov 24) – the second time in November following an operation to remove kidney stones, which, according to local media, may have led to him picking up the urinary infection.

Named as FIFA’s greatest player of the 20th century, Pele collected the game’s most coveted trophy with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

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