Three-Time World Cup Soccer Winner Pele HospitalizedTariq Panja
Pele, the only three-time winner of soccer’s World Cup, was re-admitted to the hospital following treatment to remove kidney stones earlier this month.
The 74-year-old is suffering from a urinary tract infection and is in stable condition, according to a statement from the Israelita Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.
Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, won his first World Cup in 1958 as a 17-year-old and added two more in 1962 and 1970. He finished his career playing in the U.S. with the New York Cosmos.
Brazil hosted the World Cup earlier this year, allowing Pele, named “Football Player of the Century” by soccer governing body FIFA and “Athlete of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee, to take center stage again and make millions of dollars in endorsements.
Companies including Swiss watchmaker Hublot SA, Procter & Gamble Co., Volkswagen AG and Emirates airline signed contracts with Pele in the past two years. Yesterday on his official Twitter feed Pele welcomed Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw as the latest brand ambassador for sandwich company Subway. Before the World Cup Pele crossed continents several times on behalf of his sponsors.
“I’m from a city called Three Hearts,” Pele said in February when asked about his stamina. “So I am the man of three hearts.”