Cape Town - Brazilian soccer legend Pele has collapsed due to exhaustion, the Football Writers Association (FWA) confirmed.
The 77-year-old used a wheelchair at the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation in December, which was his last major public appearance.
"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".
The 77-year-old Pele was scheduled to attend Sunday night's tribute dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London, but his condition has forced him to cancel the trip to the UK.
The FWA have provided an open invitation to Pele to attend an event at a later date after he insisted that the event go ahead as planned.
A few weeks after the Draw, Pele told Stan Collymore he hoped to visit Russian Federation for the 2018 World Cup and support his beloved Brazil provided he remained in good health.
Brazil's great number 10s: Pele, Zico, Rivaldo - where are they now? I wish to stay healthy to watch that World Cup.
Pele scored 1,281 goals over the course of his career between 1956 and 1977, spending the majority of his time at Santos before joining New York Cosmos in 1975. He is Brazil's all-time top scorer with 77 goals in 92 global appearances.
He is the only player in history to have won three World Cups while capturing titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970.