SAO PAULO (AP) – Retired Brazilian soccer star Pelé stayed in intensive care on Friday as he was recovering from an operation to remove a tumor on the right side of his colon.
Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said in a statement that 80-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento is recovering “satisfactorily” even though he is still in the intensive care unit on Tuesday.
The hospital also said Pele was “awake, actively speaking and keeping his vital functions normal”.
The three-time world champion also said on his Instagram that “I feel a little better every day”.
When the tumor was discovered, he went to the hospital for routine checkups in late August. The hospital said in a statement at the time that the tumor was identified through routine cardiovascular and laboratory tests. It added it had collected samples for analysis but did not publish the results.
Pelé, the only male player to have won three world championships, has suffered mobility problems since a failed hip operation in 2012. He must use walkers and wheelchairs in public. He has also been admitted to several hospitals for kidney and prostate surgery in recent years.
Pelé won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and remains Brazil’s top scorer of all time with 77 goals in 92 games.
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