Brazilian legend Pele is recovering well in Sao Paulo hospital after surgery to remove a suspected colon tumor, as 80-year-old jokes ‘Looking forward to playing again’ in Instagram post
- Pele, 80, had surgery last weekend to remove a suspected colon tumor
- He posted an Instagram update saying he feels better every day
- Three-time World Cup winner recovers at Albert Einstein Hospital
- Pele has struggled with several health issues in recent years
- Due to hip problems, he is often seen in public with a wheelchair or walker
Brazilian football legend Pele is still in intensive care but is recovering well after surgery to remove a suspected colon tumor.
The three-time World Cup winner, 80, has been receiving treatment at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since August 31.
The suspected tumor was discovered during routine tests and Pele underwent surgery for it last Saturday.
Brazilian legend Pele recovers in hospital after surgery for colon tumor
His medical team said he was “conscious, actively conversing and maintaining normal vital signs.”
Pele posted an archival image of himself on his Instagram account Friday night with a positive update on his health.
He wrote: ‘My friends, with each passing day, I feel a little better. I’m looking forward to playing again, but I still have a few days to recover.
“While I’m here, I take the opportunity to talk and rest a lot with my family. Thanks again for all the loving messages. We’ll be back together soon!’
The Brazilian legend has struggled with his health and mobility in recent years
The former Santos attacker has been struggling with health problems for several years. He underwent prostate surgery in 2015 after being hospitalized twice in six months.
In 2019, he was hospitalized again for a urinary tract infection. In February last year, his son Edinho said his father was reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk without help due to hip problems.
“He’s very sheepish, withdrawn,” he said. ‘Imagine, he’s the king, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk well.
Pelé won the World Cup with Brazil three times – in 1958, 1962 and 1970 (pictured)
“He’s ashamed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that requires him to leave the house.”
Pele has spent the past few years using walkers and wheelchairs to get around in public appearances after a botched hip replacement in 2012.
He won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups with Brazil and remains their all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games.
But earlier this week, Argentina’s Lionel Messi surpassed him as the leading South American men’s scorer in internationals after three goals against Bolivia.