Sao Paulo: Former Brazil captain Socrates is back in the hospital and on life support.
A hospital in Sao Paulo says the 57-year-old Socrates is suffering from septic shock resulting from an intestinal infection.
Socrates was last in the hospital in September. That was for a hemorrhage caused by high pressure in the vein that carries blood from the digestive system to the liver.
Socrates has acknowledged being a heavy drinker, even when he starred as a player in the 1980s.
The Albert Einstein Hospital says in a Saturday statement that Socrates is breathing with the help of a ventilator.
The former playmaker captained Brazil in the 1982 and '86 World Cups and is a popular columnist and television commentator in the South American country.