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Pele recovering in hospital after surgery to remove tumor

Pele recovering in hospital after surgery to remove tumor

Brazilian football legend Pele is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.

The 80-year-old remains in intensive care but is expected to be moved to a general ward on Tuesday, according to medical staff at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

"Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon," Pele wrote in a social media post. "The tumor was identified during the tests I mentioned last week.

"Fortunately, I'm used to celebrating great victories alongside you. I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends."

A statement issued by the hospital said the tumor tissue had been sent to a pathologist for tests.

Pele has rarely been seen in public since undergoing hip replacement surgery in 2012.

The three-time World Cup winner has since battled a series of prostate and kidney problems that have often required treatment in hospital.

Last year, Pele's son Edinho said his father was battling a "kind of depression" because of his fragile health and mobility issues.

Pele scored a world record tally of 1,281 goals in a 1,363-match professional career that spanned 21 years. He was capped 91 times for Brazil and scored 77 international goals.

TV BRICS reports with reference to Xinhua News Agency.

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