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The News Minute | November 16, 2014 | 9.58 am IST

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian football legend Pele has thanked fans for their support after his release from a Sao Paulo hospital.

The 74-year-old was cleared by doctors to return home Saturday, three days after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones, reported Xinhua.

"Thanks to all my fans from around the world who expressed their concern and wished me a quick recovery," Pele said on Twitter.

"I dedicate everything that I have to you. I am well and I will recover well. I am very grateful for the affection and support."

Pele was admitted to a hospital with abdominal pains Wednesday, just hours after canceling a scheduled appearance at the Pele museum.

It is not the first health concern to force Pele into hospital.

In 2004, the three-time World Cup winner underwent emergency eye surgery for a detached retina and in 2012 he had a hip replacement.

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