Former Brazilian soccer star Socrates was in critical condition in an intensive care unit early Saturday after suffering an intestinal infection, his doctors said.
Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement that Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira, 57, "was in critical condition due to a septic shock of intestinal origin."
The statement added that he was breathing with a ventilator and using a dialysis machine. Socrates was taken to the hospital late Friday after suffering food poisoning, his wife said.
He was hospitalized twice in August and September this year with bleeding in his digestive tract, and recognized after these incidents that he had problems with alcohol, especially during the era when he was playing.