Brazil legend Pele hospitalised in Paris due to urinary infection

Brazil legend Pele hospitalised in Paris due to urinary infection

Pele's representatives did not answer questions from The Associated Press but referred to Globo's report when asked to confirm whether the three-time World Cup victor was hospitalized.

Afterwards, Mbappe took to Instagram to express his delight in meeting the football icon, captioning his post by saying (translated to English from French): "Tonight I had the chance to spend a unique moment with the living legend Pele".

"Kylian does not need to leave PSG [to become the best in the world]", said the 78-year-old victor of three World Cup titles.

Pele arrived at the draw for the 2018 World Cup using a wheelchair.


The three-time World Cup victor and the 20-year-old attended an event, which was part of an advertising campaign in the French capital.

Pele became an global star during the World Cup final of 1958, when aged just 17 he scored two goals for Brazil against Sweden to secure a 5-2 victory for his home nation.

Pele tweeted at the time: "If Kylian keeps equaling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again".

Asked about Mbappe's main qualities, Pele said he was impressed by his pace and intelligence.


Pele scored twice in the 5-2 World Cup final win over Sweden in 1958, going on to win two further World Cups with Brazil in 1962 and 1970.

It remains to be seen if Mbappe will do the same, but the French forward believes it's 'statistically possible'.

Pele's meeting with Mbappe had initially been planned for last November but was postponed because of the Brazilian's poor health at the time.


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