Brazil legend Pele revealed on Instagram that he recently had a tumor removed from his colon. The three-time World Cup winner spoke out and made it clear that he is in good spirits and recovering well:
“Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon,” he wrote.
“The tumour was identified during the tests I mentioned last week. Fortunately I am used to celebrating great victories alongside you.
“I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”
Thankfully, it wasn’t a cancerous growth. the 80-year-old Pele denied reports that claimed he fainted at the hospital, which proved to be false. Pele is arguably one of the greatest footballers to ever live, bagging over 1,000 goals for club and country. He played the majority of his career with Brazilian standouts, Santos, before a short stint with the New York Cosmos.
Internationally, Pele has played at four World Cups and won it all three times, with his first appearance on the big stage coming at just 16-years-old. No Brazil player will likely ever catch his impressive resume of 77 goals in 92 matches for the Selecao, either.
We’re glad to see Pele in good spirits.