Brazil legend Pele to remain in the hospital for “a few days” following an operation to remove a colon tumor

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Brazil legend Pele will remain in a Sao Paulo hospital in Brazil for a few days after undergoing chemotherapy as part of his treatment following an operation to remove a colon tumor.

The 81-year-old Brazil football legend took to his verified Instagram page to announce that he was admitted to Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo to carry out the last session of his chemotherapy for 2021.

Recall that Pele was first admitted to the hospital in August 2021 when it was first detected that he had the tumor during a routine medical check-up.

Afterward, he underwent surgery in September 2021 to remove the colon tumor and stayed at the hospital for weeks before he was discharged.

Brazil legend Pele had to return to the hospital for routine medical attention earlier this week and had to stay back at the hospital for observation.

“Today I’m at Albert Einstein doing the last session of 2021,” Brazil legend Pele wrote on Instagram.

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“I wanted to share this achievement with you. After all, every little victory is a reason to celebrate, don’t you think?

“I’m going to take this chance to do a new battery of exams, so I’m going to stay here for a few days. Don’t worry, I’m just getting ready for the holiday season!”

Pele has been battling different health challenges since 2015. Recall that in 2015, he underwent prostate surgery and was admitted to a hospital twice in six months.

In 2019, he returned to the hospital and underwent treatment to cure a urinary infection. He was later confined to a wheelchair.

The 81-year-old Brazilian football legend is still Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games. Recently, Argentine football icon, Lionel Messi, overtook him as the all-time highest goalscorer in South American football.

The Brazilian football icon who is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time remains the only footballer to win the FIFA World Cup a record three times. Pele won the World Cup in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

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The retired Brazil national team footballer is one of the four players in history to have scored in four different FIFA World Cup tournaments.

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