Brazilian football legend Pele returned from hospital after being hospitalized for a month on Thursday (30/9). Previously, it was known that Pele had undergone surgery for a colon tumor and would then undergo chemotherapy, according to a statement from the medical team who treated him.
Pele, who is now 80 years old, has been treated at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paolo, Brazil, since August 31, after a tumor was detected in his body during routine tests.
The legend who underwent surgery on September 4 is currently in a “stable” condition according to the doctors who treated him.
The hospital where Pele was treated did not use the word “cancer” in its statement, and did not elaborate on the chemotherapy Pele would undergo, but the procedure is usually used to treat patients with cancer. The results of the biopsy were also not made public.
“I am very happy to be back home,” Pele said in a statement Facebook.
“I would like to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay there enjoyable, with a very friendly welcome. Thanks to all of you, who from afar, made my life whole with so many messages of love.”
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele’s real name, is considered the greatest footballer of all time, but in recent years his health has deteriorated and he has had to be hospitalized repeatedly.
As the only footballer in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele shocked the world stage with a brilliant 17 goals, including two in the World Cup final against hosts Sweden, when Brazil won the World Cup. for the first time in 1958.
Pele, who earned the nickname “O Rei”, which means The King, went on to have one of the most brilliant careers in the sport, scoring more than 1,000 goals before leaving the football field in 1977. (jm/my)