Brazilian football legend, Pele, 77, collapsed with ‘severe exhaustion’, forcing the former Santos star to cancel a long-planned trip to London this weekend. He was however rushed to hospital after the incident.
It was reported that the Football Writers Association (FWA) was due to host a dinner in his honour at the Savoy hotel on Sunday but said the 77-year-old would not be able to make it to London.
‘In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,’ the FWA said in a statement.
‘He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.’
Recall that he appeared in a wheelchair in his last big international appearance in Moscow in December for the 2018 World cup draw. The legend is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time won three World Cups with Brazil.