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Brazilian soccer legend Pele underwent surgery Thursday to remove kidney stones and is recovering. 

By SI Wire
November 14, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Pele underwent surgery Thursday to remove kidney stones, according to The Associated Press

A Friday statement from the hospital where the procedure was done said the 74-year-old is "recovering well" and remains in good condition.

Pele was scheduled to appear at an event at the Pele Museum in Santos on Wednesday, but canceled and was hospitalized after experiencing stomach pain.

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

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