Pele released from hospital after making full recovery
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Pele released from hospital after making full recovery
Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Pele was released from a Sao Paulo hospital on Tuesday after recovering from a urinary tract infection, AFP reports.

Pele had surgery at Albert Einstein Hospital last month to remove kidney stones and was hospitalized two weeks later for a urinary tract infection.

At a press conference after he was released, Pele said he wasn't concerned for his life during his stint in the hospital.

"I wasn't afraid of dying as I am a man with three hearts," joked the 74-year-old, alluding to his birthplace, Tres Coracoes, which means 'three hearts' in Portuguese. He told reporters he felt fit enough to prepare for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

As a player, Pele won three World Cup titles with Brazil and scored 1,282 goals in his career. He played with the Brazil national team from 1957 to 1971 and was the top goal scorer in the Sao Paulo league in 11 different seasons. 

He was inducted into the American National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people of the 20th century in 1999. 

- Molly Geary & Paul Palladino

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