Football

Brazilian legend Zagallo was hospitalized for a respiratory infection

01 Aug 2022 | 08:40

90 years old, who has the first person to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach, was admitted to intensive care at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. He is now”lucid, breathe naturally, without the aid of equipment“, Barra D’or Hospital said in a statement.

The clinic said Zagallo was tested for Covid-19 but the results were negative. About to turn 91,”Old wolf“As he is known in Brazil, he regularly posts souvenir photos of his career on Instagram, where he has 115,000 followers. Just four days ago, he posted a picture of himself at the barber shop.

As a striker, he is part of the Brazilian team won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962 with Pele. Then he is coach for Brazil’s 1970 championship, assistant coach for the Selecao’s victory in 1994, and coach again in 1998 when Brazil lost to France in the final. The only people to win the World Cup as both player and coach are Germany Franz Beckenbauer (1974 and 1990) and Didier Deschamps of France (1998 and 2018).

Zagallo’s pinnacle was undoubtedly the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Despite being appointed as a coach only recently, his team has risen to the title of playing a spectacular brand of football that has left players like Jairzinho, Tostao, Gerson and Rivellino Naming households around the world, along with the team amulet Pellet.

“My great friend @zagalloonking, I know you’re going through a tough time, but I want you to know it. I’m sending you positive energy for your recovery,” said Pele on Instagram. 81 years old Pele has been suffering from health problems for the past three yearstwice hospitalized due to colon cancer and another time to have a kidney stones eliminate.

Back in 2014, he spent time in intensive care due to a urinary tract infection that forced him to undergo dialysis on his left kidney, after the right one was scrapped in the 1970s due to injury while he was still a player. He also has hip problem that limited his mobility and forced him to use a wheelchair.