Brazil and global football icon Pele has encouraged the world to celebrate his life and career as he nears his death.
The 81-year-old from Minas Gerais delivered the message soon after he returned home from the hospital where he had removed a suspected colon tumour, which was detected during routine tests.
He left the ICU unit in the first week of September.
Pele has since gone on social media to send out a message that suggests he has come to terms with his mortality.
"I suggest you start to catch your breath to celebrate with me, because with each passing day I get closer to the goal," Pele wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the former striker is undergoing chemotherapy.