Soccer legend Pelé leaves hospital after back surgery

Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:10pm EDT
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer legend Pelé left the hospital on Monday after undergoing back surgery, the latest in a series of health complications for the 74-year-old former star striker.

Pelé, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, spent the weekend at Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo after a procedure to relieve pressure on a nerve in his spine, an aide told Reuters. The hospital announced his release in a statement.

This is the third time Pelé has been hospitalized since November. He spent two weeks in November at the Einstein facility with kidney problems and in May he underwent prostate surgery at the same hospital.

With more than 1,280 career goals and an unequaled three World Cup titles during his playing career, Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all-time.

(Reporting by Bruno Marfinati; Editing by Christian Plumb)

A man pushes a wheelchair at the entrance of Albert Einstein Hospital, where Brazilian soccer legend Pele was hospitalized since last week in Sao Paulo July 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce