Pele better after treatment

Pele better after treatment


Football legend Pele, who was taken to a Paris hospital as a precaution on Wednesday after suffering from a "urinary tract infection", is "doing well", according to members of his entourage.

The 78-year-old Brazilian three-time World Cup winner was receiving antibiotics prior to the long flight back to his home country, his spokesman and other sources told AFP.

The spokesman said the infection was "under control" and Pele would be discharged from hospital in "a day or two".

Pele, who won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970, had been in Paris for a promotional appearance alongside France star Kylian Mbappe.

Pele, who spent time in intensive care in Brazil in late 2014 following a kidney complaint, had joked about it at that time.

"I wasn't afraid of dying as I am a man with three hearts," he had said,  alluding to the translation from Portuguese of the name of the town of his birth, Tres Coracoes.

On Tuesday, the man who was named FIFA's player of the 20th century spent the entirety of his encounter with Mbappe sitting down but appeared on good form at the event organised by watch manufacturer Hublot.