The NPR reported, Pelé is recovering from colon cancer surgery in intensive care but the Brazilian soccer legend says he’s doing well.
The news website said according to his doctors, the 80-year-old, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, underwent surgery on Saturday and has been recuperating in an intensive care unit.
Pelé wrote in an Instagram post on Friday: “My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better.”
He joked: “I’m looking forward to playing again, but I’m still going to recover for a few more days.”
According to the NPR, Pelé has been in poor health in recent years. Earlier this week, he explained that doctors removed “a suspicious lesion in the right colon.”
He said, it was discovered during a routine doctor’s visit on Aug. 31.
“I went for my routine tests, which I had not been able to do before because of the pandemic,” Pele said the same day on Twitter.
The NPR noted that he denied reports that he had fainted.
The three-time World Cup winner has spent decades serving as a global ambassador for soccer — and for his home country, Brazil, where he’s known as “The King.” His message for the world has been simple: Soccer transcends national borders.
He retired from international football in 1974, but the following year he went to play for the New York Cosmos, boosting American interest in the game.