SAO PAULO: Brazilian soccer nice Pele downplayed his newest well being challenge Thursday after he was hospitalized to endure chemotherapy for a colon tumour, saying he could be there for simply “a few days.”
“I have been having small chemotherapy sessions as part of my treatment. Today I’m at Albert Einstein (hospital) doing the last session of 2021,” the 81-year-old legend wrote on Instagram.
“I wanted to share this achievement with you. After all, every little victory is a reason to celebrate,” he wrote from the Sao Paulo hospital.
“I’m going to take this chance to do a new battery of exams, so I’m going to stay here for a few days. Don’t worry, I’m just getting ready for the holiday season!”
Pele underwent surgical procedure for the tumour on September 4, spending a month within the hospital earlier than being launched to proceed chemotherapy.
It is the newest in a string of well being troubles for the ageing star, whose public appearances have grown more and more uncommon.
Considered by many the best footballer of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele’s actual title — is the one participant in historical past to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970).
He burst onto the worldwide stage at simply 17 by scoring dazzling objectives, together with two within the remaining towards hosts Sweden, as Brazil received the World Cup for the primary time in 1958.
“O Rei” (The King) went on to have one of probably the most storied careers in sport, scoring greater than 1,000 objectives earlier than retiring in 1977.