Brazil legend Pele out of hospital after surgery

Brazil legend Pele has been released from hospital after undergoing surgery for a colon tumour.

The 80-year-old had the operation at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on 4 September.

Pele, the only player to win the World Cup three times, left the intensive care unit 10 days later, but was readmitted soon after as a “preventative measure”.

His medical team say he will continue undergoing chemotherapy.

Pele had been having treatment at the hospital since 31 August after the tumor was detected in routine tests.

Writing on Instagram on Thursday night, Pele said: “When the path is difficult, celebrate each step of the journey. Focus on your happiness.

Pele was previously discharged from intensive care on September 14 but returned later that week after taking a “little step back”.

The forward helped Brazil to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

He is his country’s leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games, although Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has scored 69 goals for Brazil and will be eyeing the record.

Officially, Pele scored 757 goals during a glittering career, although Santos – where he spent the majority of his club career – claim his tally was closer to 1,000.

He is behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Bican on the official all-time top goal scorers list.

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