- Pele announced that he was going to the hospital for a routine check-up on August 31, and six days later he remains in the facility
- The Brazilian legend has been hospitalised for six days now, although he claims there is nothing to worry about
- It was gathered that an undisclosed ailment was discovered in the 80-year-old who is admitted at a Sao Paolo based hospital
Football icon and living legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as Pele, has been in hospital for about six days according to reports.
The Guardian reports that the Brazilian legend is undergoing quite a number of routine medical tests at a facility in Sao Paolo.
Pele himself had disclosed on August 31 that he was at the hospital to undergo some medical examinations that were initially postponed due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
He assured fans that all is well through his social media handles, but he remains at the hospital as exact details leading to his prolonged stay are not revealed.
Officials at the Albert Einstein Hospital where he is are yet to publicly disclose the current status of the 80-year-old.
Local information in Brazil however claims that an undisclosed ailment was detected in the former striker during a routine check-up and the medical team opted to keep the Brazil legend in hospital.
A statement said via Marca:
“The health of the three-time world champion has deteriorated in recent years and due to the pandemic, he has been kept practically confined in his home on the Sao Paulo coast with his family and close friends.”
Messi closes in on Pele’s international goals record
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi edges closer to overtaking Brazil legend Pele's international goals record after netting 76th Argentine goal in their Copa America quarterfinal victory over Ecuador over the weekend.
The 34-year-old needed just two more goals to become the player with the most goals in South American while Neymar is also eyeing the top spot as he currently has 68 goals for his country.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the current join top scorer at the international level with Iranian's Ali Daei as they both have 109 goals each.
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Cristiano Ronaldo smashed the international goal’s record following his brace in Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers taking his tally to 111.
Ronaldo's record-breaking moment came in the 89th minute as he scored Portugal's equalizer before going ahead to grab the winner in the 96th minute of the tie.
Both goals see Ronaldo take his tally to 111 international goals, two goals more than Iranian legend Ali Daei.