Date published: Monday 6th September 2021 8:41 – News Desk


Brazilian football legend Pele has revealed that he has undergone successful surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.

The three-time World Cup winner (1958, 1962 and 1970) has defiantly insisted that he will meet this battle “with a smile on [his] face”.

The 80-year-old is still widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

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He confirmed his hospital treatment in a short social media statement, vowing to keep an upbeat outlook.

“Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon,” Pele posted on Instagram.

“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.”

Pele officially netted 757 career goals, leaving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Biscan on the all-time list. Brazilian club Santos however claim that number is closer to 1,000.

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