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Pelé in hospital with “worrying health”, say reports

The Brazilian football legend Pelé has been transferred to hospital in São Paulo with worrying health problems, say ESPN Brazil.

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Pelé in hospital with “worrying health”, say reports
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Football legend Pelé has been hospitalised, according to reports from ESPN Brazil. The former Brazil footballer was reportedly rushed to the medical facility in São Paulo after suffering “swelling” over his whole body and doctors have described his condition as “decompensated heart failure”.

Follow the AS live feed about Pelé's health here

ESPN also say that doctors are concerned for the 82 year-old’s health as he is suffering “mental confusion”. Pelé has been suffering colon cancer and in April this year was given good news as doctors saw him being “stable and in good conditions”. Unfortunately, his fight is continuing as it looks as his health has taken another downward turn.

Pele in 1970 with Brazil.
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Pele in 1970 with Brazil.Alessandro SabattiniDiarioAS

He is currently under the care of specialised doctors as they look to stabilise his condition. The 3-time World Cup winner’s family are “worried” for his health. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pelé is Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer with 77 goals in 92 games. He is also the top scorer of former team Santos, with 643 goals in 659 games.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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