NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Pele has arrived back in Brazil after spending five days in a Paris hospital with a urinary infection.
The 78-year-old soccer great landed in Sao Paulo shortly after 6 a.m.
Pele's spokesmen, Joe Fraga and Pepito Fornos, did not say whether Pele would go home or to another hospital in Brazil.
Sitting in a wheelchair while wearing a black jacket and carrying his bag on his lap, Pele said he was thankful to fans that called to wish him well.
His spokesmen said on Monday that Pele had undergone surgery in France, but offered no other details.
Pele has been frequently hospitalized over the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures and was under care in Paris since last Wednesday.
Days later, Pele wrote on Twitter that he was improving.
"Thank you for all your love. The anti-biotics are working and the tests are all ☑. I feel so much better, I think I'm ready to play again!"
Fellow Brazilian and soccer star Neymar Jr. took to Twitter on Monday to share a photo with Pele with the caption 'Rei' or 'King.'
Neymar Jr. plays for French soccer team Paris-Saint Germain.
With the Associated Press