SAO PAULO - Brazilian football legend Pele, 74, left hospital after successfully undergoing spinal surgery, doctors said. Pele "was discharged today. The patient left the hospital at 4:00 pm," the Albert Einstein hospital in Brazil's financial capital said in a statement. An undated photograph provided by the hospital showed the former star forward of all-conquering Brazilian sides smiling, with his arm around his companion Marcia Aoki, and wearing street clothes. The hospital earlier said that Pele had undergone surgery for nerve root decompression in his back on July 14 and that he was recovering satisfactorily. The operation was "preprogrammed." Pele was suffering from compression of two vertebrae which had made him lose the strength in his legs, especially in his right leg.