Custom Search 1

Football legend Pele collapses

GET WELL SOON: Pele (Photo credit: Getty Images)

BRAZIL ICON Pele is in hospital after collapsing on Thursday. A statement released by the Football Writers Association (FWA) reveals that he has "has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion.

"He is on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious."

The 77-year-old was slated to appear in London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association (FWA).

The organisation's statement further read: “Understandably, his medical situation prevents him from travelling to London for the Football Writers' Association Tribute Night on Sunday evening at The Savoy. But after discussions with Pele and his team, he has insisted the event should continue, not least because many of Pele's friends are travelling from overseas to be with us on Sunday.

“While it is incredibly sad Pele cannot attend the function, the FWA are grateful that all those who have been asked to pay tribute on the night - Gareth Southgate, Cliff Jones, Gordon Banks and Steve Hunt - are determined to help make the evening a memorable one.

“Pele's team have also asked that we film the event and send a copy to Brazil in the knowledge it will lift the great man's spirits to see his friends are thinking of him and sending their best wishes. With that in mind, we want to do Pele proud and make Sunday night as memorable as possible.

“It goes without saying, Pele has an open invitation to any of our functions once he regains his health and we are already discussing the possibility of him joining us in May for the Footballer of the Year dinner.”

In recent years, Pele was treated in hospital for kidney and prostate problems.

Widely hailed as the greatest player of all time, he scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year furlong, including 77 goals out of 91 appearances for Brazil.

Pele holds the record of being the only player to win three World Cups - in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He was named Fifa's Player of the Century.

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Facebook Comments