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Soccer legendary Pele out of ICU

[Soccer Legendary Pele. Photo/Courtesy].

Brazil football legend Pele says he is recovering very well after being readmitted to intensive care following a recent operation.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento famously known as Pele is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward, regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century.

His Soccer career ended in 1977.

The 80-year-old had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon this month and was initially released from intensive care on Wednesday.

He was later readmitted according to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital.

“My friends, I am still recovering very well. Today I received visits from family members and I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you.”

Pele had been having treatment at the hospital since 31 August after the tumour was detected in routine tests.

After stabilisation, the patient was transferred to semi-intensive care.

Pele is currently stable from a cardiovascular and respiratory point of view.


Pele’s health has been a concern in recent years. He had prostate surgery in 2015 after he was admitted to hospital for the second time in six months, and he was admitted again for a urinary infection in 2019.

[Football legend Pele. Photo/Courtesy].

Pele is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games and one of only four players to have scored in four World Cup tournaments.

Lionel Messi recently passed him as the leading South American men’s scorer in international matches with a hat-trick in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying win against Bolivia.