Soccer-Pele ready for 'extra time' after leaving ICU


  • Football
  • Thursday, 16 Sep 2021

FILE PHOTO: Brazilian soccer legend Pele is seen in Paris, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

(Reuters) - Pele said he is ready for "90 minutes, plus extra time" after leaving the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Sao Paulo hospital following surgery to remove a tumour from the Brazilian soccer great's colon.

The 80-year-old, three-times World Cup winner was admitted to Alberto Einstein hospital after the tumour was found during routine tests. The tumour was removed earlier this month and sent for analysis.

"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 https://www.instagram.com/p/CT0CGIJF2Mi.

"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.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Football

Soccer-Arteta 'very disappointed' with Arsenal performance in Everton loss
Soccer: English bodies launch new joint action plan on players' brain health
Soccer-Late Gray show gives Everton 2-1 win over Arsenal
Soccer-Benitez praises Everton character in Arsenal fightback
Soccer-Fans queue for free tattoos to celebrate Atletico's Brazilian title win
Soccer-Leicester striker Vardy's Rochester club joins new MLS NEXT Pro league
Soccer-Southampton sign keeper Caballero on short term deal amid injury crisis
Soccer-Inter's form means we're ready for final push in Madrid says Inzaghi
Soccer-Sampdoria president to resign after arrest, investigation into bankruptcy
Soccer-German FA investigating Bellingham referee comments after Dortmund loss

Others Also Read


Vouchers