Brazilian soccer great Pele was hospitalised in Paris with a strong fever, but his condition is not life-threatening and he should be released “within a couple of days,” one of his long-time friends said on Wednesday, April 3.
The 78-year-old was suffering from a urinary infection and being treated with antibiotics, his friend and spokesman Pepito Fornos, revealed to the media.
“Everything is under control. Everything’s fine,” Fornos said.
Pele was admitted late on Tuesday, April 2 as a precaution after attending an event in the French capital with France’s World Cup-winning youngster Kylian Mbappe.
He was still in hospital on Wednesday evening though in a possible sign he was making a recovery, he said on Twitter: “I met Kylian Mbappe and his parents last night in Paris at @Hublot event.
“We talked goals, World Cups and watches. Great company!”
I met Kylian Mbappe and his parents last night in Paris at @Hublot event. We talked goals, World Cups and watches. Great company! /Estive com @KMbappe e seus pais ontem à noite, durante um evento da @Hublot em Paris. Falamos sobre gols, Copas do Mundo e relógios. Grande encontro! pic.twitter.com/U63hLWy0mV
— Pelé (@Pele) April 3, 2019
Earlier, Mbappe had written on Twitter: “I had the chance this evening to spend a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the living legend @Pele.”
Pele, revered by many as soccer’s greatest player ever, is alone in winning the World Cup three times, first lifting the trophy aged 17.