Brazil football legend Pele has been moved to a special care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital amid reports his condition has worsened.
The 74-year-old was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital on Monday with a urinary infection. He is being treated with antibiotics and is currently in a stable condition.
A hospital spokesman said: “The patient has been transferred to a room where he will be more closely monitored, but it is not intensive care, it is an intermediate stage.”
Jose Fornos Rodrigues, Pele’s personal aide, told Reuters that the renowned player is “completely fine” and the move to another ward is simply to protect his privacy.
“He was uncomfortable with so many people coming. It’ll be quieter now. It will take between eight and 10 days before he can leave the hospital,” he added.
The three-time World Cup champion underwent surgery at the same hospital for kidney stones on 13 November, but was released two days later.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time.
During his 91-match career as an international player, Pele scored 77 goals.
He won his first World Cup at the tender age of 17, scoring twice to secure Brazil’s victory over Sweden in 1958.