SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer legend PelÃ© left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.
PelÃ©, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, spent the weekend at Albert Einstein Hospital in SÃ£o Paulo after a procedure to relieve pressure on a nerve in his spine, an aide told Reuters. The hospital announced his release in a statement.
This is the third time PelÃ© has been hospitalized since November. He spent two weeks in November at the Einstein facility with kidney problems & in May he underwent prostate surgery at the same hospital.
p> With more than 1,280 career goals & an unequaled three World Cup titles during his playing career, PelÃ© is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all-time.
(Reporting by Bruno Marfinati; Editing by Christian Plumb)