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Pele Leaves Hospital: Soccer Legend in Good Spirits Following Infection

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Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele poses with a ball. (Yasujoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 10:04 AM

Soccer legend Pele left a Sao Paulo hospital Tuesday in good spirits after being treated for kidney stones and a urinary tract infection.

"I got the chills but I've felt that before and I was not to know it was an infection," he told Reuters, describing how he fell ill weeks ago, and checked into the hospital.

"I was worried, but I never feared I'd die. Because I am of Tres Coracoes (Three Hearts, a town in Brazil) it will be difficult for me to die," the three-time World Cup winner told CNN. "But my doctor warned me that I very nearly lost one of my hearts back there."

Pele, 74, was in such good spirits he even made a few jokes.

"Rest assured, I am already preparing for the Olympics," he said, ribbing reporters. "In the Olympics three over-age players are permitted and I am one of them."

The soccer star explained that he was intensive care for a few days during his stay, and would need to rest for a while before beginning physiotherapy.

"I would like to thank all those who sent messages, from China, Pakistan, almost every country in Europe, I didn't know that they were all paying attention to my situation," he said.

"It is very gratifying."

Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, won his first World Cup in 1958, and his most recent in 1970. During the hospital stay, he signed a lifelong contract with his longtime club, Santos.

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