“The procedure was successful and he is already in the room, in good general condition from the clinical point of view, according to his doctors,” the news agency reported.
He burst onto the scene as a teenager, helping lead his native Brazil to the 1958 World Cup championship. Pele went on to star on two other World Cup title teams, in 1962 and 1970, in addition to having a breakthrough career with the Brazilian club Santos and later with the New York Cosmos of the now-defunct North American Soccer League.
Even after retiring from football, Pelé has remained in the public eye as a product pitchman, ambassador for the sport of football and advocate for Brazil’s poor, having grown up among them in Tres Coracoes.
In 2015, Pelé was hospitalized in Brazil because of an enlarged prostate. A year earlier, he had to have several days of kidney dialysis.