Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been hospitalized for therapy of a beforehand recognized colon tumor, his docs mentioned Wednesday, the most recent well being downside for the 81-year-old icon.
The three-time world champion was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo “for follow-up therapy of the colon tumor recognized in September this 12 months,” his medical crew mentioned in a press release.
“The affected person is secure, and is anticipated to be launched within the coming days.”
Pele underwent surgical procedure for the tumor on September 4, spending a month within the hospital earlier than being launched to proceed chemotherapy from dwelling.
Thought-about by many the best footballer of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele’s actual identify — has been unwell lately, and has spent varied stints within the hospital.
The one participant in historical past to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), he burst onto the worldwide stage at simply 17 with dazzling targets, together with two within the ultimate towards hosts Sweden, as Brazil received the World Cup for the primary time in 1958.
“O Rei” (The King) went on to have one of the vital storied careers in sport, scoring greater than 1,000 targets earlier than retiring in 1977.