SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer legend PelÃ© has undergone back surgery, a close aide told Reuters on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.
PelÃ©, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in SÃ£o Paulo for the past "two or three days" & underwent a procedure to decompress a nerve root in his spine, his personal assistant JosÃ© Fornos Rodrigues said. He did not elaborate further.
According to GloboNews news channel, PelÃ© is expected to leave the hospital on Monday. Hospital staff were not immediately available to comment.
p> This is the third time PelÃ© has been hospitalized since November. He spent two weeks at the Einstein facility with kidney problems, & in May he underwent prostate surgery in the same hospital.
With more than 1,280 career goals & an unequaled three World Cup titles during his playing career, Pele is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all-time.
(Reporting by Paula Laier & Alonso Soto; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Alan Crosby)