Pele admitted to hospital

“Pele is in hospital here, but we are not able to provide any more details, as per the request of the family,” said a press officer for the Albert Einstein hospital, who did not reveal when the 72-year-old had been admitted.

Nicknamed The King, Edson Arantes do Nascimento -— his birth name — reportedly underwent a hip operation, according to Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo, citing a person from the patient’s circle. Pele is regarded as one of the greatest players ever to have graced the game, having won the World Cup on three occasions — 1958, 1962 and 1970 — and scored 1,281 goals during his career. — AFP 

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