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Pelé recovering well after surgery to remove tumour

Football legend Pelé has been in hospital since the end of August with a suspected tumour but revealed on Friday that he is on the mend.

Pelé recovering well after surgery to remove tumour
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Pelé remains in hospital but is recovering well after having surgery to remove a tumour from his large intestine. The Brazil legend, who is one of just four players to score in four different World Cups, has been in São Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital since 31 August undergoing routine tests to combat the colon tumour.

Brazil's all-time leading goal scorer released another update on Instagram about his health, following on from his post on Monday that explained he had undertaken surgery.

"My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better," Pelé posted on Friday. "I'm looking forward to playing again, but I'm still going to recover for a few more days. While I'm here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest. Thanks again for all the loving messages. We'll be together again soon!"

Earlier in the week, Argentina captain Lionel Messi overtook Pelé as South America's leading goal scorer in men's international football with a hat-trick in Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.


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