Football legend Pele hospitalised for tumour treatment
NEWS DIGEST – Brazilian football legend Pele has been hospitalised for treatment of a previously identified colon tumour, his doctors said Wednesday, the latest health issue for the 81-year-old icon.
The three-time world champion was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo “for follow-up treatment of the colon tumor identified in September this year,” his medical team said in a statement.
“The patient is stable, and is expected to be released in the coming days.”
It did not say when Pele was hospitalised.
Pele underwent surgery for the tumor on September 4, spending a month in the hospital before being released to continue chemotherapy.
The star’s public relations agency described the latest hospital stay as routine.
“He went in for chemo. He always has to go to the hospital for the treatment,” it said in a note.
He has used a walker at his latest public appearances, which have grown increasingly rare.
But he maintains an active presence on social media, recently congratulating Lionel Messi for winning his seventh Ballon d’Or and posting a tribute to fellow legend Diego Maradona on the first anniversary of his death.
The only player in history to win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), Pele burst onto the global stage at just 17 by scoring dazzling goals, including two in the final against hosts Sweden, as Brazil won the World Cup for the first time in 1958.
“O Rei” (The King) went on to have one of the most storied careers in sport, scoring more than 1,000 goals before retiring in 1977.