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Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele poses with a ball during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele waves during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele greets residents during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele (L) speaks with the president of Shell Brazil Andre Araujo during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele gives a signed boot to a child during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele speaks with children during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele greets children during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele smiles during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Legendary Brazilian former football player Pele raises his fist during the inauguration ceremony of the new technology football pitch installed at Mineira favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2014. 200 self energy supplied Pavegen panels, invented by British Laurence Kemball-Cook, were installed underground to capture kinetic energy created by the movement of the football players. The energy is stored and combined with solar panels' energy to illuminate the pitch during the night. The new technology pitch was created by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele and his girlfriend Marcia Cibele Aoki attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Estadio Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele poses with Romeo Beckham (L), Cruz Beckham (2nd R) and Brooklyn Beckham prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Pele hugs former England international David Beckham prior to during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: (L-R) Former Brazilian international Kaka, former Brazilian international Pele and former England international David Beckham look on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12: A Brazil fan wears a jersey with Pele's signature prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Brazilian football legend Pele poses after receiving from 46-year-old industrial engineer Jarbas Menighini (out of frame), his handmade replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy, in the surroundings of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 12, 2014 on the eve of the FIFA world Cup final between Germany and Argentina. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, DF - JULY 05: Fans hold up cutouts of Pele prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 1 : Pele attends the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomes Pele and Marcia Cibele Aoki for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01: FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomes Pele for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Brazilian former football star Pele arrives for the inauguration of a football pitch donated by Switzerland's watch company Hublot at Jacarezinho shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian former football star Pele (C) poses with children during the inauguration of a football pitch donated by Switzerland's watch company Hublot at Jacarezinho shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer great Pele, center, and President of Shell Brazil Andre Araujo, second left, pose with children during the inauguration of a soccer pitch to be powered by player's footsteps at the Morro da Mineira favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Billed as Brazil's first player-powered soccer pitch, the field harnesses the kinetic energy of players' movements to provide nighttime illumination. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
FILE - In this April 14, 2012 file photo, soccer player Neymar, left, and former soccer player Pele, right, shares a laugh during the centennial anniversary celebration of the team in Santos, Brazil. Brazil’s most promising player in decades is living up to expectations, enchanting with his skills and putting up numbers that set him on a path to greatness. He is already Brazil’s fifth-greatest goal scorer, and is well on pace to surpass Pele’s record as the nation’s most prolific scorer. If Neymar keeps scoring like this, he may break Pele’s record before he turns 28 in 2020. Pele was only two months older than Neymar when he netted his 40th goal. Only Pele and Romario have a better goal average than Neymar with the national team. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, File)
Brazilian soccer great Pele, left, and President of Shell Brazil Andre Araujo pose with a soccer ball during the inauguration of a soccer pitch to be powered by player's footsteps at the Morro da Mineira favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The project, sponsored by British oil giant Shell, has around 200 energy-capturing tiles installed along the width and breadth of the field and covered by a layer of AstroTurf. Working in conjunction with solar panels also installed around the field, the player-powered tiles feed electricity to a system of floodlights overhead. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Soccer star Pele waves to the crowd before the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
SUBWAY Global Ambassador Pele, right, the greatest footballer of all time, meets Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, for the first time ever at a SUBWAY Restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. (Photo by Dado Galdieri/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
SUBWAY Global Ambassador and Brazilian soccer legend Pele, serves a sandwich to a lucky young child at a SUBWAY restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, July 12, 2014. (Photo by Dado Galdieri/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SUBWAY - In this picture provided by SUBWAY(R) restaurants, SUBWAY(R) global ambassador Pele teaches young soccer players after explaining the importance of proper nutrition at a soccer clinic in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo by Leo Correa/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SUBWAY - In this picture provided by SUBWAY(R) restaurants, SUBWAY(R) global ambassador Pele encourages young soccer players after explaining the importance of proper nutrition at a soccer clinic in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo by Leo Correa/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SUBWAY - In this picture provided by SUBWAY(R) restaurants, SUBWAY(R) global ambassador Pele encourages a youngsoccer player after explaining the importance of proper nutrition at a soccer clinic in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo by Leo Correa/Invision for SUBWAY/AP Images)
Soccer great Pele pose for photos during the inauguration of the Pele Museum showing his history as a player in Santos, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. The Pele Museum exhibits his personal collection, pictures, films, trophies and printed material about his history as a soccer player and personality. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
In this Wednesday, April 2, 2014 photo, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York. In a little more than two months, the World Cup will be played in Brazil for the first time since 1950, when 9-year-old Edson's father listened on the radio as Brazil lost the final round-robin game and the title 2-1 to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Wednesday, April 2, 2014 photo, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York. The retired Brazilian soccer star played on three winning World Cup teams in 1958, 1962, and 1970. In a little more than two months, the World Cup will be played in Brazil for the first time since 1950. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FIFA President Joseph Blatter, second left, stands together with Portugal's world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, left, Germany's women's world player of the year Nadine Angerer, second right, and Brazil's Pele at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Brazil's soccer legend Pele wipes his eye as he receives the honorary prize at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Late South African President Nelson Mandela is seen on a screen with Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Brazilian soccer legend Pele gestures during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazilian soccer legend Pele waves during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Former U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, right, and Brazilian soccer legend Pele answer questions in a press conference at a SUBWAY restaurant, during a event organized by SUBWAY, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Former U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, right, and Brazilian soccer legend Pele prepares sandwiches at a SUBWAY resturant, during a event organized by SUBWAY, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Former U.S. Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps, left, and Brazilian soccer legend Pele pose for photos at Competition academy, during a event organized by SUBWAY restaurants, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Brazilian soccer legend Pele answer questions in a press conference at a SUBWAY restaurant, during a event organized by SUBWAY, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/Invision for SUBWAY Restaurants/AP Images)
Brazil's soccer legend Pele poses in the red carpet of The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, April 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's soccer legend Pele, ambassador of the 2014 World Cup Brazil, speaks during a press conference ahead of the Preliminary Draw of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 29, 2011. The 2014 World Cup soccer tournament begins to take shape on Saturday when FIFA hosts the qualifying draw in Rio de Janeiro, laying out each nation's path to securing a spot in the tournament in three years' time. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazil's soccer legend Pele wearing Gabon's national soccer team jersey signed by Gabon's first lady Sylvia Bongo poses during soccer animations on the beach as part of the African Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
In this photo released by Santos Futebol Clube, former soccer player Pele, left, and Santos' soccer player Neymar smile as they pose for pictures during a press conference in Santos, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Pele will perform in an ambassadorial role for club Santos during its centenary celebrations next year. (AP Photo/Ricardo Saibun-Santos)
Former soccer player Pele gestures during the centennial anniversary celebration of the team in Santos, Brazil, Saturday, April 14, 2012. Santos, the Brazilian club which ruled football with "The King" Pele in the 1960's, turns 100 with a rich history to show, including many major titles and remarkable victories that make the club one of the most successful in football. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Brazil's former soccer player Pele smiles during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Pele says it was scary to see how far behind Brazil was in its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup. The football great defended FIFA for asking Brazil to urgently approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the tournament, saying the government knew of the world governing body's demands when it bid to host football's showcase event. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Uruguay's Penarol club President Juan Pedro Damiani, left, Brazilian soccer great Pele, second from left, Conmebol's President Nicolas Leoz, third from left, and Brazil's Santos club President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira pose with the Copa Libertadores soccer trophy in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday June 22, 2011. Uruguay's Penarol will face Brazil's Santos at the Copa Libertadores final second leg match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Juan Pedro Damiani, president of Uruguay's Penarol soccer club, right, shakes hands with Brazilian soccer legend Pele after a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Uruguay's Penarol will face Brazil's Santos at the Copa Libertadores final second leg match June 22.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Brazil's soccer star Pele speaks during a press conference on Thursday March 3, 2011 in Singapore. Soccer stars Pele, Eric Cantona and Cobi Jones were in the city-state to promote the re-birth of the New York Cosmos, who hope to begin play in 2014.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Brazilian soccer great Pele gestures during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Uruguay's Penarol will face Brazil's Santos at the Copa Libertadores final second leg match Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Brazil's former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele", greets people during a ceremony to inaugurate a residency for athletes in Brasilia, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. The installation's name is King Pele Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele", smiles during a ceremony to inaugurate a residency for athletes in Brasilia Friday Oct. 16, 2009. The installation's name is King Pele Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Former star soccer player Pele presents the FIFA World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. The trophy is in Rio de Janeiro as part of its nine-month world tour. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, right, gives the trophy to Brazil's SC Internacional's Bolivar, left, after Internacional won the Copa Libertadores final soccer match against Mexico's Chivas in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Brazil soccer legend Pele arrives for the opening ceremony of the IOC Congress at the Copenhagen Opera House in Copenhagen, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are competing for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The IOC will choose the winning city in a vote on Friday Oct. 2 in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, Brazil's soccer great Pele greets supporters prior to a friendly soccer match, in Brasilia, Brazil. A Brazilian hospital says Pele has been transferred to a "special care" unit to be monitored while being treated for a urinary infection. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, said in a statement Thursday. Nov. 27, 2014, that the 74-year-old Pele was transferred to a quieter wing. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
Brazil's former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, greets fans prior to a friendly soccer match between Brazil and Portugal, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. In background, Portugal's soccer players applauding Pele. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, greets fans prior to a friendly soccer match between Brazil and Portugal, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazil's former soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, holds up a trophy given to him in recognition of his professional career prior to a friendly soccer match between Brazil and Portugal, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele shoots as he is challenged by a Swedish defender (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian midfielder Pelé (L) dribbles past Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich during the World Cup final on 21 June 1970 in Mexico City. Pelé scored the opening goal for his team as Brazil went on to beat Italy 4-1 to capture its third World title after 1958 (in Sweden) and 1962 (in Chile). (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele takes a shot for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's goalkeeper is partly visible at extreme left. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
World Cup Final 1970, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele celebrates after scoring the game's opening goal in the ninteenth minutepast Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele controls the ball for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's Sandor Matrai (#3) is visible with his back to the camera. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Friendly International, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, 2nd June 1965, Brazil 5 v Belgium 0, Brazil's Pele makes an attempt on goal with an athletic overhead kick, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele jubilant after the final in which he scored twice (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, July 1962, Pele of Brazil on the front cover of the sports magazine Revista Do Esporte, Pele, perhaps the greatest footballer ever appeared in 4 World Cup Finals for his country, and was the most famous player of the 1958 and 1970 Brazil World Cup winning sides (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
17-year-old Brazilian forward Pele (L) kicks the ball past two Welsh defenders during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Wales 19 June 1958 in Goteborg. Pele scored the only goal of the match to help Brazil advance to the semifinals. AFP PHOTO/INTERCONTINENTALE (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Azteca Stadium, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele is ecstatic at the end of the match as he is stripped and mobbed by jubilant fans (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian football star Pele throws himself over the ball in the net after Brazil scored the single, winning goal of the World Cup quarteer final against Wales in Gothenburg, Sweden, 23rd June 1958. Brazil player Zagallo is at right. (Photo by Geoff Bruce/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Pele raises his arms as he celebrates his captain Carlos Alberto's fourth goal with teammate Jairzinho (R) as Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi lies beaten on the ground during the match (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian footballer Pele holds up the Jules Rimet Trophy after Brazil's 4-1 World Cup Final victory over Italy at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 21st June 1970. Pele scored the first of his team's goals in the match. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico, kisses the Jules Rimet trophy circa 1970. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, pic: 1958, The 1958 Brazil World Cup winning team, Brazil, back row, l-r, V,Feola, (Chief Coach), D,Santos, Zito, Bellini, N,Santos, Orlando, Gilmar, Front row, l-r, Garrincha, Didi, Pele, Vava, Zagalo and Amaral (Physical Training Instructor), Brazil clinched the trophy by beating host nation Sweden in the final (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young internatiopnal star Pele, portrait, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June, 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Tostao and Pele celebrate a Brazilian goal in the World Cup Final (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young star Pele with his eyes on the ultimate prize the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, February 1959, Pele wins a battle for a high ball while playing in the Sao Paulo Championship, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Brazil's Pele , one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico holds the Jules Rimet trophy (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970 World Cup Final, Mexico City, Mexico, 21st June 1970, Brazil 4 v Italy 1, Brazil's Pele is chaired off the Azteca Stadium pitch wearing a sombrero after Brazil had won the World Cup trophy for the third time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian forward Pele smiles as he poses for photographers in June 1962 in Vina del Mar, a few days before a World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and England 10 June. Pele did not participate in that match and was out for the remainder of the competition after pulling a muscle during the first-round match against Czechoslovakia 02 June. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian forwards Vava and Pele (number 10) enter a melee in front of the French goal during the the World Cup semi-final at the Rasunda Stadion in Solna, Stockholm, 24th June 1958. Brazil beat France 5-2. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele surrounded by delighted Brazilian fans after the final in which he scored twice (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Brazilian soccer (football) star Pele (center, in yellow jersey) controls the ball for Brazil at Goodison Park during a match against Hungary in the 1966 World Cup tournament, Liverpool, England, July 15, 1966. Hungary's Sandor Matrai (#3) opposes him. Hungary went on the win the game 3-1. (Photo by Art Rickerby/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Football, World Cup Final, Solna Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June 1958, Brazil 5 v Sweden 2, Brazil's Pele waves triumphantly after scoring his country+s fifth goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The Brazilian striker PelF (in the yellow shirt, number 10), is about to score the first goal in the final match of the World Cup Championship, played between Brazil and Italy, with the final result of 4-1 to Brazil, a victory greatly regretted by the Italians (The Blues), at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, 21 June 1970. (Photo by Mario De Biasi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: The Brazilian soccer team listens to the national anthem, 29 June 1958, before the final match of the World Cup, where Brazil defeated Sweden, attaining their first title. El seleccionado brasileno de futbol escucha el himno nacional de su pais el 29 de junio de 1958, previo a la final del Campeonato del Mundo en que derrotara a Suecia obteniendo su primer titulo. De izq. a dcha. De Sordi, Didi, PelT, Zagalo, Garrincha, Zito, Vava, Orlando, Nilton, Santos, Gilmar, Bellini (capitan). El 12 de mayo de 2001 fallecio Valdir Pereira, Didi, bi campeon del mundo (Suecia 58 y Chile 62), conmocionando al futbol brasileno y mundial. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTOS , BRAZIL - MAY 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Brazilian football legend Pele poses in during a visit at stadium Vila Belmiro on May 17, 2014 in Santos, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Finals, Guadalajara, Mexico 7th June, 1970, England 0 v Brazil 1, Brazil's Pele directs his header towards the England goal, Many fans behind are already celebrating but England keeper Gordon Banks (partially hidden) manages to get across his goal and scoop the ball over the bar for a corner (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1966 World Cup Finals, Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, 12th July 1966, Brazil 2 v Bulgaria 0, Brazil's Pele (left) prepares to shoot as a Bulgarian challenge comes in, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1958 World Cup Final, Stockholm, Sweden, 29th June, 1958, Sweden 2 v Brazil 5, Brazil's Pele scores his side's third goal past Swedish goalkeeper Svensson (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazil's Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazilian 1970 World Cup winning team in Mexico, pictured wearing trousers and a bright shirt as he poses in front of a Mercedes car (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico, relaxes by the swimming pool in his hotel whilst playing the guitar (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970, Brazil star Pele, portrait, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football, 1966 World Cup Finals, Goodison Park, England, 19th July 1966, Group Three, Portugal 3 v Brazil 1, Brazil's Pele jumps above the Portugal defence as he stretches for a header (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1959, Brazilian soccer star Pele pictured in his Santos club strip in happy mood, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football in South America, circa 1960, Pele pictured in his Santos club strip, Pele was quite possibly the best footballer ever, coming to prominence in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden in which Brazil became Champions, and playing in Brazil's 'Dream' team of 1970 which again were World Champions (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1961, Pele of Brazil and Santos wears his sash as his club become the Sao Paulo champions, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 21: Brazilian forward PelT smiles as he holds aloft the Jules Rimet Cup after Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final 21 June 1970 in Mexico City. Le joueur brTsilien PelT, brandit le trophTe Jules Rimet, aprFs la victoire du BrTsil contre l'Italie, 4-1, en finale de la Coupe du monde de football, le 21 juin 1970 a Mexico. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1970 World Cup Finals, Guadalajara, Mexico, 17th June 1970, Semi Final, Brazil 3 v Uruguay 1, Brazil's Pele beats a Uruguay defender as he prepares to shoot for goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Brazil's young star Pele at a family meal, his father Dondinho (left) as his mother Dona Celeste serves the food, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups, forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 11th May 1970, Brazil star Pele relaxing playing the guitar at Brazil's training camp in Mexico, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Brazil's Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico poses wearing a New York Cosmos shirt and holding a ball (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1960, Brazil star Pele about to get dressed in his hotel room, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, November 1970, Brazil's Pele displays a crown presented to him after scoring his 1,000th goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 1958, Brazil's young star Pele has his knee examined by medical staff, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1970 World Cup Finals, Mexico, Eventual World Champions Brazil line up before one of their matches, They are L-R: Carlos Alberto, Brito, Gerson, Piazza, Clodoaldo, Everaldo, Tostao, Pele, Rivelino, Jairzinho and goalkeeper Felix (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, circa 1958, Young Brazilian star Pele holding a dog, Pele was perhaps the most famous footballer of all time and featured in 4 World Cups,forced out of the finals in Chile in 1962 and England in 1966 through injury he won 2 World Cup winners medals with Brazil playing in the successful teams of 1958 in Sweden, at the age of 17, and the famous 1970 team which won the World Cup in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, November 1970, Brazil's Pele is pictured with a golden ball presented to him after scoring his 1,000th goal (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, March 1961, Brazil star Pele pictured at the wheel of his car, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport/Football, 1962, Brazil Coach Aymore Morreira (left) talking with star player Pele (right) at Nova Friburgo as Brazil prepare for their successful 1962 World Cup campaign in Chile (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, March 1961, Brazil star Pele pictured wearing a mexican style 'sombrero' hat, Pele was perhaps the greatest player of all time, he played for Santos of Sao Paulo and for Brazil in 4 World Cup tournaments, sadly being forced out of the 1962 and 1966 Finals, but taking the world stage by storm at the age of 17 in 1958 when he helped Brazil to become World Champions in Sweden, In 1970 he was successful again when he played in the Brazil 'Dream team' which won the World Cup, thought by many to be the greatest team of all time (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
The Brazilian football player Pele wearing the national track suit after going out of the World football Championship in Great Britain. Lymm, July 1966 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 15: Brazilian soccer legend Pele speaks to customers in the Apple store on May 15, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pele and film director Anibal Neto spoke with customers about 'Pele Eterno', a documentary about Pele's life. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, London, England, 7th May 1963, Brazilian superstar Pele is pictured in the grounds of a Surrey hotel the day before Brazil's Friendly International with England at Wembley (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 13: Pele of Brazil accepts the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur award during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at the Kongresshaus on January 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Brazilian footballer Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) wearing a Santos FC shirt retrieves a ball from the goal net circa 1960. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Soccer player Pele attends Meet The Athlete at the Apple Store Soho on April 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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SAO PAULO (AP) -- After going through a "scare" in intensive care because of a urinary tract infection, Brazilian soccer great Pele left the hospital Tuesday after a two-week stay.

Doctors said the 74-year-old Pele will continue his recovery process at home and will need to rest for about a week. He will also need to undergo physiotherapy to recover some of the muscle mass that he lost during the time he spent in the hospital.

"It was really a scare," Pele said in a news conference broadcast live on Brazilian television. "What happened was a surprise to me. I was worried, of course, but I never had any fears about dying."

The three-time World Cup champion said he is doing fine and joked that he will be ready to play for Brazil as one of the three over-23 players at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"Thanks to God everything is fine now. I have recovered," Pele said. "I'm already preparing for the Olympics."

Pele spent several days in an intensive care unit to undergo hemodialysis to help support his only kidney. Doctors said Pele, who had one kidney removed when he was still a player, had to be more closely monitored because his body initially did not respond well to the treatment, but his life was never in danger.

The infection stemmed from a Nov. 13 surgery to remove kidney stones which were diagnosed after Pele had to cancel an event at his museum in the coastal city of Santos because of abdominal pain. The surgery was deemed successful and he was released from the hospital just a few days after the procedure, but he had to be readmitted after a new medical evaluation showed signs of the infection.

Pele's condition was closely monitored in Brazil and the rest of the world since the hospital in Sao Paulo said last month that Pele became unstable and was transferred to an intensive care unit. The former player's staff all along downplayed the seriousness of the illness, however, and Pele even used his Twitter account to say that he was doing well.

Last week, Pele recorded a video message from his hospital room to thank his fans around the world for praying for him during his illness.

"I was moved with all the messages that I received from all over the world," he said Tuesday.

Widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele is a national hero in Brazil and remains a worldwide ambassador to the game. He is also active with his many businesses and still participates in many advertising campaigns.

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