Football player Pele said on Thursday that he feels “better” and joked that he can not wait to come back to play the beautiful game, just two weeks after leaving the hospital after an operation on a colon tumor.
The 80-year-old spent a month in a hospital in Sao Paulo after recovering from surgery, while receiving chemotherapy.
“Thank God I’m better, I’m even ready to play on Sunday,” he joked.
“Seriously, thank you for everything, thank you to everyone who has sent me hugs and given me strength,” he added in a video message posted on two of his children’s Instagram accounts.
He underwent surgery on September 4 after a routine check-up revealed the suspected tumor.
The results of his biopsy have not been published and neither the player, his family nor the health center where he received treatment have commented on whether the tumor was cancerous, although chemotherapy is usually used to treat cancer.
Pele, who turns 81 in just over a week, is generally considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
A former striker, he scored more than 1,000 goals during his career, which is officially recognized as a record.
He is the only player in history who has won the World Cup three times and also coined the phrase: “the beautiful game” to describe football.
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