Brazilian soccer legend Pele collapsed this morning due to exhaustion, the Football Writers Association (FWA) confirmed.

The world football icon, 77, was scheduled attend the FWA Tribute Night on Sunday evening at The Savoy, in London, where he was set to be honoured.

An FWA statement read: “In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion.

“He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion and everybody at the Football Writers’ Association wishes Pele a swift and full recovery.”

Pele was seen earlier this week at the opening ceremony of the Carioca state championships in Rio de Janeiro, but his frail appearance and use of a zimmer frame have led to concern over his health.

He has been limiting his public appearances after a number of health problems last year.

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