It follows a tweet from his account on Thursday that said the three-time World Cup winner was “doing fine” in Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital.
The 74-year-old’s personal assistant Jose Fornos also played down the news.
But the hospital said Pele “continues under temporary kidney support, lucid and with no need of breathing support”.
The statement added: “[Pele is] improving his clinical condition and remains in the intensive care unit.”
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