Brazilian football legend Pele was released on Thursday after a month-long hospital stay after surgery for a colon tumor, but will continue his chemotherapy, his medical team said.
Pele, 80, had been undergoing treatment at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo since August 31, when a suspicious tumor was detected during routine tests.
Doctors said Pele had surgery on September 4 and was in stable condition.
The hospital did not provide any further information about Pele’s chemotherapy, which is commonly used in cancer patients.
“I am very happy to be back home,” Pele said in a statement on Facebook.
“I would like to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team who made my stay pleasant with a humane and very warm welcome. Thank you also to all of you who have filled my life with so many messages of love from afar. Huh. “
Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Edson Arantis do Nascimento – Pele’s real name – has been in poor health in recent years, and has been in hospital several times.
The only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), he scored only 17 goals on the global stage, including two in the final against hosts Sweden, as Brazil won the World Cup for the first time. in 1958.
“O Rey” (The King) went on to have one of the most storied careers in the game, scoring over 1,000 goals before retiring in 1977.
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