Brazilian soccer nice Pele has undergone surgical procedure for a suspected colon tumor and is recovering, the hospital in Sao Paolo treating him introduced on Monday.
“The tumor was identified during routine cardiovascular and laboratory examinations and the material was sent for pathological analysis,” mentioned the Albert Einstein Hospital the place Pele has been handled since August 31.
“I thank God for feeling very well,” the 80-year-old wrote on his Instagram web page on Monday.
“Fortunately, I’m used to celebrating nice victories alongside you.
“I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”
Pele is due out of intensive care on Tuesday, the hospital mentioned in a press release.
Pele, whose actual identify is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been unwell in recent times, and has had numerous spells in hospital, most lately in April 2019, in Paris, due to a extreme urinary tract an infection.
Back in Brazil, he had a kidney stone eliminated.
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At the tip of 2014, he suffered from a severe urinary tract an infection and was positioned in intensive care and on dialysis.
He additionally has hip issues and wanted a walker to maneuver round throughout his newest public appearances.
In February 2020, Pele reassured his followers about his psychological well being, after remarks by his son Edinho saying that he was “reclusive” and struggling “from a certain form of depression.”
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Three World Cups
The solely participant in historical past to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele is taken into account by many to be the best footballer of all time.
He burst onto the worldwide stage at simply 17 with dazzling targets, together with two within the closing in opposition to hosts Sweden, as Brazil gained the World Cup for the primary time in 1958.
Four years later, Pele gave a tantalizing glimpse of his skill with an electrical particular person purpose in opposition to Mexico in Brazil’s opening 2-0 win.
But he aggravated an current damage within the second sport, in opposition to the Czechs, and was compelled to sit down out the rest of the match as his countrymen efficiently defended their title.
Nicknamed “O Rei” (The King), Pele scored the opener in Brazil’s 4-1 closing win over Italy in Mexico in 1970.
After retiring from worldwide soccer, Pele went on to play for the New York Cosmos, earlier than ending his profession with over 1,000 targets to his identify.