Pele being monitored in 'special care unit' according to Sao Paulo hospital after Brazil legend treated for urinary infection
- Pele admitted to special unit at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo
- Hospital unit claim Pele was suffering from 'clinical instability'
- Brazilian icon was first admitted to the hospital on Monday
- The 74-year-old had operation to remove kidney stones earlier this month
- Three-time World Cup winner regarded as the one of the best players ever
Thee-time World Cup winner Pele, who is in a Sao Paulo hospital for treatment for a urinary tract infection, has been moved to a hospital wing where he won't be besieged by as many visitors, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The Albert Einstein Hospital had issued a short statement saying Pele, 74, had been moved to a special care unit after suffering 'clinical instability'. The hospital did not provide details.
Jose Fornos Rodrigues, the former player's personal aide, said Pele was 'completely fine' and the move was primarily to protect his privacy.
Brazil legend Pele has been admitted to hospital twice this month and is now a special care unit
'He was uncomfortable with so many people coming. It'll be quieter now,' Rodrigues said by telephone.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Pele's condition, but said he was not in intensive care.
Pele was discharged from the same hospital on November 13 after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones.
Pele won three World Cups with Brazil, the last of which came in 1970 in Mexico (above)
Pele hands Ballon d'Or award to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in January
Pele, often called the greatest player in history, has suffered a long list of health problems in the past decade, including emergency eye surgery for a detached retina and a hip replacement.
The Brazil legend won three World Cups as a player and was named 'Football Player of the Century' by FIFA, 'Athlete of the Century' by the International Olympic Committee, and a 'national treasure' by Brazil's government.
Iconic image of Pele embracing Bobby Moore after Brazil had beaten England 1-0 at 1970 World Cup