Soccer

Pele returns to Brazil after being hospitalized in Paris

Pele has arrived back in Brazil after spending five days in a Paris hospital with a urinary infection. The 78-year-old soccer great landed in Sao Paulo shortly after 6 a.m. local time.

Soccer great has had multiple health scares over the last few years

Soccer great Pele has returned to Brazil after being hospitalized. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Pele arrived back in Brazil on Tuesday after spending five days in a Paris hospital with a urinary infection.

The 78-year-old soccer great landed in Sao Paulo shortly after 6 a.m local time.

Pele's spokesmen, Joe Fraga and Pepito Fornos, did not say whether Pele would go home or to another hospital in Brazil.

Sitting in a wheelchair while wearing a black jacket and carrying his bag on his lap, Pele said he was thankful to fans that called to wish him well.

"Once more, thank God it was all fine," Pele said at the airport.

On Monday, Pele said in a statement that he had undergone surgery in France for "a severe urinary infection," but offered no other details.

Pele has been frequently hospitalized over the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures and was under care in Paris since last Wednesday.

He was taken to the hospital after an event with Kylian Mbappe, the France forward who has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great after helping his country win the World Cup last year as a teenager.

In November 2014, Pele was in a hospital in Sao Paulo for two weeks, including some time in intensive care, also because of a urinary tract infection.

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