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Soccer legend Pele undergoes back surgery in latest health scare

Pele has undergone back surgery in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.

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Updated:July 19, 2015, 12:10 AM IST
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Soccer legend Pele undergoes back surgery in latest health scare
Pele has undergone back surgery in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.

Sao Paulo: Brazilian soccer legend Pele has undergone back surgery, a close aide told Reuters on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent health problems afflicting the 74-year-old former player.

Pele, whose given name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo for the past "two or three days" and underwent a procedure to decompress a nerve root in his spine, his personal assistant Jose Fornos Rodrigues said. He did not elaborate further.

According to GloboNews news channel, Pele is expected to leave the hospital on Monday. Hospital staff were not immediately available to comment.

This is the third time Pele has been hospitalized since November. He spent two weeks at the Einstein facility with kidney problems, and in May he underwent prostate surgery in the same hospital.

With more than 1,280 career goals and an unequaled three World Cup titles during his playing career, Pele is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all-time.

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