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Pelé back in ICU at São Paulo hospital

Brazil soccer legend Pele has re-entered an intensive care unit at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital, ESPN Brasil reported on Friday, in an apparent deterioration of his health.

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Pelé back in ICU at São Paulo hospital
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Brazil soccer legend Pelé has re-entered an intensive care unit at São Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital, ESPN Brasil reported on Friday, in an apparent deterioration of his health after he left the unit earlier this week.

The hospital said it had no new information. ESPN Brasil said Pele, an 80-year-old, three-time World Cup winner, was re-admitted to the ICU due to acid reflux. He had a colon tumor removed this month and was transferred out of the ICU on Tuesday.

Pele sends upbeat message

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After leaving the ICU, he said in a message to fans on Instagram that he was ready for "90 minutes, plus extra time."

Pele has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk unaided. His public appearances were already being cut before the covid-19 pandemic and since then he has made few unnecessary forays outside his house near Santos.

Pele's daughter gives update

On Friday evening, Pele's daughter gave an update on her father's health on Instagram, saying he was "recovering well".