Following reports that he had been in the hospital for six days, 80-year-old football legend Pele took to social media on Monday to declare he underwent surgery last Saturday to remove the "suspicious lesion."
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"Fortunately, I'm used to celebrating great victories alongside you," said the three-time World Cup winner.
"I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living."
This confirmation comes just five days after he denied fainting and having had "routine exams".
He now claims that the right colon tumor was identified during examinations last week.
"Thank God for feeling very well and for allowing Dr. Fabio and Dr. Miguel to take care of my health," he added.
Pele's son, ex-Santos goalkeeper Edinho, revealed in February 2020 that his father had grown "embarrassed" to leave his house since he couldn't walk unassisted.
His health has been an issue in recent years, and in 2015, he underwent prostate surgery after being brought to the hospital for the second time in six months. In 2019, he was hospitalized for a urinary infection.
Pele is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil and one of just four players to score in four World Cup finals.
During his career, he scored 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including 77 goals in 91 international appearances for Brazil, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
We wish him a speedy recovery!