The soccer world is collectively holding its breath amid news that Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been hospitalized.
According to The Athletic via Bleacher Report, Pele has been in the hospital with an “undisclosed health problem” for the last six days. But there appears to be some good news.
Per the report, Pele’s business manager has said that there is no reason to worry. But that’s not going to stop people from making tributes.
In the past year, the soccer world lost two other all-time greats when Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Germany’s Gerd Muller passed away. Losing Pele would hit just as hard – and significantly harder in Brazil.
Brazlian soccer legend Pele has been in the hospital for six days with an undisclosed health problem.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 6, 2021
From 1956 to the mid-1970s, Pele was the most scoring threat in the world. He scored over 500 goals in 493 league matches for Santos in Brazil.
But it was at the World Cup where he became a global icon.
He made his World Cup debut in 1958 at the age of 17 and scored six goals – two of which came in the Final against Sweden to win Brazil’s first World Cup title.
Four years later, Pele helped lead Brazil to another title in the 1962 World Cup.
Eight years, Pele scored four goals as Brazil won the 1970 World Cup – securing their third title in four tournaments.
Pele finished his professional career with the New York Cosmos in the old NASL and has been honored all over the world for his accomplishments.
Get well soon, Pele!