Brazilian Pelé leaves hospital, but will undergo chemotherapy

It is a phew of relief for the many lovers of the round ball. Former legendary footballer Pelé, 80, was released from hospital on Thursday, September 30 where he was admitted a month ago to have a « suspicious » tumor removed. If his state of health has improved in recent days, he will however have to undergo chemotherapy.

« Edson Arantes do Nascimento was released from the hospital this Thursday morning. His health is stable and he will undergo chemotherapy., after his operation to remove a tumor in the colon, on September 4, « Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said in a statement. Although this medical bulletin does not mention the word » cancer « , chemotherapy is usually used for treat this disease.

« When the path is difficult, celebrate every step of the way. Focus on your happiness. It’s true that I can’t jump anymore, but lately I raised my fist more often than usual. I’m very happy to be coming home, « Le Roi wrote on his Facebook and Instagram accounts after being released from the hospital.

The three-time Brazilian world champion was admitted to hospital on August 31 for routine exams where a « suspicious » colon tumor has been detected. He was operated on four days later. The result of the tumor biopsy has still not been made public.

Messi congratulated by King Pelé

The « King » of football then passed ten days in an intensive care unit, where he returned briefly a few days later due to difficulty breathing. The hospital has issued very few official bulletins and many rumors have circulated about the state of health of who many consider to be the greatest footballer of all time.

One of his daughters, Kely Nascimento, then decided to reassure the fans with photos and videos showing his father, still smiling and full of humor despite apparent fatigue. We saw it in particular ride a stationary bike, play cards, or sing the Santos hymn, the club where he shone from 1956 to 1974, before joining New York Cosmos at the end of his career.

Pelé himself posted some information on his Instagram account, which matters more than 7 million subscribers. In one of these publications, he congratulated the Argentinian Lionel Messi, who on September 9 broke his record for the number of goals scored in the selection by a South American player, with 79 goals scored, against 77 for the Brazilian.

A fragile health that worries the fans

« When life challenges us, it’s easier to face with a smile« , wrote Pelé Wednesday morning. » He is getting stronger and will continue his recovery at home, « said his daughter an hour later.

Only footballer in history to have won three times the World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970), Pelé has made very few public appearances in recent years. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed nearly 600,000 lives in Brazil, he remained confined to his residence in Guaruja, a seaside resort near Sao Paulo.

The former number 10 of the Seleçao, which will have 81 years old on October 23, has worried his fans on several occasions because of his fragile health. In April 2019, he was hospitalized in Paris due to a severe urinary tract infection. Back in Brazil, he had a kidney stone removed.

The Brazilian is one of the last sacred monsters in football, after the deaths of Johan Cruyff, in 2016, and especially Diego Maradona, in November 2020. Pelé had paid a vibrant tribute to the Argentinian genius, with whom he had spoken some rivalry in the past, even if they haven’t played at the same time.

« One day in heaven we will play together in the same team. And this will be the first time that I will raise my fist to the sky not to celebrate a goal, but because I can give you the hug, « he said.

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