Brazil legend Pele leaves hospital after surgery

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With 77 goals, Pele is Brazil’s leading scorer.

After a successful surgery to remove a colon tumor, Brazil's legend Pele was released from hospital.

The operation was performed at Albert Einstein Hospital, Sao Paulo, on September 4.

Pele, who was the only player to win three World Cups, left the ICU 10 days later but was quickly readmitted as a "preventative" measure.

Pele stated in a Facebook statement that "I am so glad to be back home." External-link

"I would like to thank everyone at Albert Einstein Hospital for making my stay pleasant and enjoyable. They were kind, caring, and welcoming. I want to thank you all for your many love messages and making my life complete.

His medical team says he will continue chemotherapy.

Pele was admitted to the hospital on 31 August, the day after the tumor was discovered in routine tests.

In recent years, his health has been a concern. After being admitted to hospital twice in six months, he underwent prostate surgery in 2015. In 2019, he was again admitted for a urinary infection.

Brazil's leading scorer, Pele has scored 77 goals in 92 matches. He is also one of four players who have scored in four World Cup tournaments.

After scoring a hat trick against Bolivia, Lionel Messi has been passed by him as the leading South American man's scorer of international matches.