Brazilian soccer legend Pele was hospitalized for the second time in sixth months on Thursday after having surgery for a prostate condition.
Brazilian soccer legend Pele was hospitalized for the second time in sixth months on Thursday after having surgery for a prostate condition, reports Reuters.
The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, said Pele underwent a transurethral resection of the prostate, a procedure that treats an enlarged prostate.
Pele, 74, spent two weeks at the same hospital in December due to a urinary tract infection. He also underwent physiotherapy to recover muscle mass lost during that hospital stay.
Pele, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, scored 77 goals in 91 appearances for Brazil's national team from 1957 to 1971. Over the course of his career, with appearances for Brazilian club Santos FC and the original New York Cosmos, he is credited with more than 1,280 career goals and is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cup titles.
Pele last played in 1977, and has since become an international ambassador for the sport. In 1999, TIME named him one of the magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century. In 2010, the Cosmos named Pele the club's honorary president.
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