Pele: Brazil legend hospitalised after collapsing with exhaustion

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 19, 2018

The legendary Brazilian footballer Pele is recovering in a hospital after collapsing from exhaustion, news reports said, citing a statement by the Football Writers' Association.

The 77-year-old had been due in London this weekend to host a dinner for the Football Writers' Assocation alongside England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks but has had to cancel the trip.

Brazil football great Pele has been taken to hospital after collapsing with severe exhaustion.

"[Pele] remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious".

"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".

He appeared in a wheelchair at his last big worldwide appearance in Moscow last month.

"While it is incredibly sad Pele can not 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".

Earlier this week Pele attended the opening ceremony of the Carioca state championships in Rio de Janeiro, but appeared frail and his mobility was aided by the use of a Zimmer frame. "With that in mind, we want to do Pele proud and make Sunday night as memorable as possible".

The legend received a hero's welcome at the 2018 World Cup draw.

"I think [Russia] will be very important for [Brazil]". I wish to stay healthy to watch that World Cup.

This is not his first battle with his health in recent years, however.

Pele scored 1,281 goals over the course of his career between 1956 and 1977, spending the majority of his time at Santos before joining New York Cosmos in 1975. An worldwide legend, Pele finished his 21-year playing career with 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances, including 77 scores in 91 global matches for Brazil.

Pele, who is the only player to win three World Cups, is considered the greatest player of all time.

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