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Football legend Pele ready for 'extra time' after leaving ICU

Reuters/Sao Paulo
Filed on September 16, 2021
Brazilian football great Pele. (Reuters file)

Pele left the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital following surgery to remove a tumour

Pele said he is ready for “90 minutes, plus extra time” after leaving the intensive care unit (ICU) of a Sao Paulo hospital following surgery to remove a tumour from the Brazilian soccer great’s colon.

The 80-year-old Pele, a three-time World Cup winner, was admitted to Alberto Einstein hospital after the tumour was found during routine tests. The tumour was removed earlier this month and sent for analysis.

“My friends, this is a message for each of you. Don’t think for a minute that I haven’t read the thousands of loving messages I’ve received around here,” Pele said on Instagram.

“Thank you very much to each one of you, who dedicated a minute of your day to send me positive energy. Love, love and love! I have already left the ICU and I am in my room.

“I continue every day happier, with a lot of disposition to play 90 minutes, plus extra time. We will be together soon!”

Pele has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk unaided. His public appearances were already being cut before the Covid-19 pandemic and since then he has made few unnecessary forays outside his house near Santos.





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