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Pele hospitalized | Commercial director claims 80-year-old football icon is fine


Brazilian football legend Pele was hospitalized for six days with an undisclosed medical condition, but his business manager Joe Fraga says the 80-year-old is not seriously ill.

“Full battery of tests/scans/colonoscopy/blood etc,” Fraga wrote in a post. “He doesn’t do it all in one day.

In typical Pelé fashion, the icon didn’t want to alarm people and didn’t want to go to the hospital.

His Tweet also downplayed the trip.

Last year, Pele’s son said his father was depressed by poor health and reluctant to leave home because he cannot walk without help.

Of course, Pelé later publicly denied this statement.

Americans may not be in tune with international football history, but the name “Pelé” transcends the game and has been a household name on the global sports scene for decades.

He is a living legend, the only football player to have won three World Cups, and the news of his illness has definitely shaken the futbol world as well as the country of Brazil. There have been many films and documentaries around Pelé’s life.

King of Kings

Pele’s unofficial record of 767 career goals was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo in March 2021. Pelé states on his own Instagram page that he actually scored a total of 1,283 goals. However, this number includes goals scored in amateur, unofficial and friendly matches.

With the class and love of the game that he has always shown, Pelé congratulated Ronaldo.

“Life is a solo flight. Everyone makes their own journey. And what a beautiful trip you are on. I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and it’s no secret,” Pelé wrote on Instagram.

“Congratulations on breaking my goalscoring record in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.

FIFA does not keep official records of who tops the all-time goalscoring list. Safe to say, keeping scores today is more accurate than when Pelé revolutionized the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo: grace and greatness

If Ronaldo learned anything from Pelé it was his grace, especially in this area. This is why he refused to acknowledge the record of 757 as the world rushed to anoint him as the new king.

Ronaldo chose to recognize Pelé’s 9 goals for the Sao Paulo state team, as well as his only goal for the Brazilian military team, are official goals.

“The world has changed since then and football has changed too, but that doesn’t mean we can just erase history based on our interests,” Ronaldo said.

“I am filled with joy and pride as I recognize the goal that put me at the top of the world’s goalscoring list, breaking Pelé’s record, something I could never have dreamed of growing up in Madeira. .”

The road to healing

The Globo news site Brazil said Pele was undergoing routine checkups at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo when the undisclosed issue was detected. The scare came days after Pele was forced to refute reports he had passed out.

We of course wish he was still playing.

Shout to the goat. Blessings on a speedy recovery and many years of life.