SOCCER

Pelé moving 'closer to the goal' as Brazil great continues recovery

World Cup-winning Brazil great Pelé required surgery to remove a tumour in September and has provided another update on his recovery.

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Pele moving 'closer to the goal' as Brazil great continues recovery

Brazil legend Pelé said he is getting "closer to the goal" as he continues his recovery following surgery to remove a tumour in September.

The three-time World Cup winner required an operation to remove a colon tumour and has since continued undergoing chemotherapy as part of the rehabilitation process.

Pelé, who turns 81 on October 23, has been in poor health but provided another update on Wednesday after his discharge from the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo last month.

Pelé: "Celebrate with me"

"I suggest you start to catch your breath to celebrate with me, because with each passing day I get closer to the goal," the former Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil star wrote on Twitter.

Pelé is the only player to hold three World Cup winner's medals, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

The 80-year-old is also one of just four players to score in four different World Cups, while he remains Brazil's all-time leading goalscorer - having found the back of the net 77 times in 92 appearances for the Selecao.