Football: Pele ‘much better’ after health scare

Brazilian football legend Pele has thanked fans for their support as he recovers from a urinary infection.

The 78-year-old was admitted to a French hospital on Tuesday after attending an event with Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

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

Pele remains hospitalized but local media reports said the former Santos forward was preparing to return to Brazil for further treatment at the Albert Einstein hospital.

The only footballer to win the World Cup three times and scorer of 1281 career goals in 1363 games, Pele is regarded by many as the greatest player in history.

In recent years he has been afflicted by a series of health issues. In addition to spinal pain and complications from hip replacement surgery, the former Santos player has been hospitalized several times with prostate and kidney problems.