Pele meets with Obama in Brazil

Handout picture from the Instagram account of Brazil’s former football star Pele showing him with former US president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo May 30, 2019. — AFP pic
Handout picture from the Instagram account of Brazil’s former football star Pele showing him with former US president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo May 30, 2019. — AFP pic

SAO PAULO, May 31 — Pele met with former US president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo yesterday where the pair discussed how “to make the world better,” the Brazilian football great said on Twitter.

Weeks after surgery to remove a kidney stone, a healthy-looking Pele smiled and clutched Obama’s hand as they posed for a photo, later shared on social media by the three-time World Cup winner.

“Met with President Obama while he was in town. We spoke about how to work together to make the world better,” Pele said.

“Happy we are on the same team.”

Obama was in Sao Paulo for a digital innovation conference.

Pele, widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, was admitted to a Paris hospital last month after appearing at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.

He spent almost a week in the medical facility before returning to Sao Paulo, where he was admitted to another hospital for the kidney stone procedure.

Pele, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and perhaps most memorably in Mexico in 1970 when his swashbuckling team re-defined modern football, has had several health scares in recent years. — AFP

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