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Football legend Pele leaves hospital after prostate surgery

HOSPITAL STAY: Brazilian football legend Pele

BRAZILLIAN FOOTBALL legend Pele left hospital on Saturday (May 9) after undergoing prostate surgery.

The 74-year-old was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paolo on May 5 for the second time in six months.

Pele, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was hospitalised in November, where he received kidney dialysis for several days. He stayed in hospital for about two weeks.

Doctors said Friday (May 7) the soccer great has benign prostatic hyperplasia - an enlarged prostate - and he has no cancer or tumours.

The three-time World Cup winner had a procedure called a transurethral resection of the prostate this week. The surgery is done to relieve moderate to severe urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.

Known as ‘The Black Pearl’ and simply ‘The King,’ Pele is one of the best-known names in all of sports.

He burst onto the scene as a teenager, helping lead his native Brazil to the 1958 World Cup championship.

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