Pele remains in hospital, but shows no signs of infection

Sao Paulo: Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele remained in hospital, though did not exhibit any symptoms of the urinary tract infection that he was admitted with 13 days ago.


According to a bulletin released Sunday by the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Pele "has a good clinical outlook, without signs of infection and is continuing to receive treatment with antibiotics".

The hospital also said that, with the three-time World Cup winner progressing well and showing no symptoms of infection, he was moved Saturday from an intermediate-care unit to a regular hospital room.

The bulletin, however, did not specify a date on which the sports icon might be released.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, 74, popularly known as Pele, is considered to be one of the best players that the game has ever seen.

Pele posted a video on social networks Friday, in which he appeared surrounded by family members in the hospital, playing the guitar and visibly enjoying himself.

He thanked his fans and said that he was feeling well, in both English and Portuguese.

Pele suffered a urinary tract infection last month, two days after being released from hospital following an operation to remove some calcification in his kidneys and urinary tract.

The former Brazil No.10 has suffered a long list of health problems in the past decade, including emergency eye surgery for a detached retina and a hip replacement.

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