Pele Hospital
General view of Albert Einsten Hospital where Brazilian soccer legend Pele is in the intensive care unit in Sao Paulo November 28, 2014. Pele, 74, is being treated for a urinary tract infection, but his condition is improving, the hospital said on Thursday. The Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele, 74, was receiving renal support treatment, which helps kidneys to filter waste products from the blood, after he had an operation to remove kidney stones earlier this month. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

The world’s greatest living soccer player, Pelé, remains in an intensive care unit in Sao Paulo, Brazil as doctors are reportedly on high alert for the deteriorating condition of the soccer legend. Pelé was rushed to the hospital last week with an apparent urinary tract infection, but his health quickly declined throughout the week as the 74-year-old developed a fever and severe flu-like symptoms.

Pele returned to Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil just 10 days after having successful surgery to remove kidney stones. More than likely he developed the urinary tract infection as a side effect to the procedure. Things were touch and go for a while as the soccer star progressively got weak and doctors had to move him to a “special” wing of the hospital where he received around the clock care. After a few days his condition was changed to “stable,” but he remains in intensive care.

Pelé had a kidney removed during his playing days and has always had problems with this particular part of his body. On Tuesday, doctors announced that they would run further tests to analyze whether or not he needed renal support.

Pelé, who has numerous nicknames including “The Black Pearl” and “The King”, is one of the most popular players in all of sports. He led Brazil to the 1958 World Cup and won it again in 1962 and 1970. He played most of his career with Brazilian giant, Santos and in America with the New York Cosmos.

Pelé was a spokesperson for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has been a pitchman in recent years for company’s like Subway. Pelé recently made news by building a solar powered, LED light field in Brazil that powers itself on the energy of the players who run on it. He remains an ambassador for the sport of soccer and an icon for Brazil. Are thoughts and prayers are with him as we hope he pulls through.

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