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Pele feeling 'so much better' after treatment for urinary infection

Pele was hospitalised on Tuesday for a urinary infection.

Brazil great Pele said on Friday he was feeling "so much better" after receiving treatment in a French hospital for a urinary infection.

"Thank you for all your love! The antibiotics are working and the tests are all [good]. I feel so much better, I think I am ready to play again," Pele wrote on Twitter.

Pele's former club Santos later responded to his tweet, saying: "Best possible news. Soon soon you will be 100%, King!"

The 78-year-old was admitted to hospital late on Tuesday as a precaution after attending an event in the French capital with France's World Cup-winning youngster Kylian Mbappe.

A member of Pele's personal staff told ESPN Brasil on Thursday that the former Santos great would remain in hospital until the infection had been fully treated, adding there was no set date for discharge.

As a result, Pele cancelled a scheduled trip to the United States set for next week and is expected to immediately return to Brazil once released.

On Wednesday, Brazilian TV network Globo said Pele had a cold and was medicated at his hotel on Tuesday. He woke up still feeling ill and was taken to a hospital later that day.

Pele and Mbappe, the French forward who has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great after helping France win the World Cup last summer as a teenager, met as part of their ambassador roles for a Swiss watchmaker.

Pele has frequently been admitted to hospitals in the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures.

Pele's meeting with Mbappe had initially been planned for last November but was postponed because of the Brazilian's poor health at the time.

Information from Reuters and the Associated Press was used in this report.


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