Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who went on kidney support treatment recently after surgery to remove kidney stones, is improving. A statement released by the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein said doctors were suspending the treatment at least temporarily, according to Reuters.
Pele, who is 74, is beloved around the world–not just in Brazil. His late career stint on the New York Cosmos of the defunct North American Soccer League (NASL) is often credited with popularizing soccer for the masses in the US. More recently, Pele was the living symbol of Brazil’s rich soccer heritage this past summer during the enormously successful World Cup in Brazil. Pele played on four Brazilian World Cup contenders and won three World Cup titles. He scored over 1,000 goals in his career.