Legendary footballer Pele said he is looking forward to continuing every day with a lot of happiness after returning home from the Intensive Care Unit of a Sao Paulo hospital where he was treated for colon tumour.
Pele, 80, was admitted to Alberto Einstein hospital after the tumour was found during routine tests. The tumour was removed during a procedure and was sent for analysis.
After returning home, Pele took to social media to thank his fans and well-wishers for sending him messages of support when he was at the hospital.
“My friends, this is a message for each of you. Don’t think for a minute that I haven’t read the thousands of loving messages I’ve received around here,” Pele said on Instagram
“Thank you very much to each one of you, who dedicated a minute of your day to send me positive energy. Love, love and love! I have already left the ICU and I am in my room.
“I continue every day happier, with a lot of disposition to play 90 minutes, plus extra time. We will be together soon!”
Pele has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk unaided. His public appearances were already being cut before the Covid-19 pandemic and since then he has made few unnecessary forays outside his house near Santos.