Brazilian football legend Pele has been given the green light to leave the Sao Paulo hospital, where he was admitted two weeks ago for chemotherapy, the management of the medical institution said Thursday.
Albert-Einstein Hospital wrote in a press release that Pele, 81, “is in stable condition and will continue treatment for a colon polyp that was discovered last September,” without specifying when the three-time world champion will be discharged.
On the ninth of this December, “King” Pele announced his admission to the hospital, which is monitoring his health, in order to conduct the “last chemotherapy session” in the year 2021. He did not reveal the exact date of his admission to the hospital.
By the time Pele and his family announced he had been hospitalized for “a few days”, two weeks had already passed, during which little information was leaked about his true health.
Pele had previously been admitted to Albert-Einstein Hospital for a month between last August and September. On September 4th, a colon polyp was removed, discovered following routine examinations. Since then, Pele has published several messages confirming that his health is improving.
Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has suffered from many health problems in recent years, especially during 2019, when he was transferred to a hospital in Paris, before being transferred to Sao Paulo due to kidney stones.
Pele, the only player in history to win the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970), scored 77 goals in 92 matches for the Seleção shirt before retiring in 1977.
He was chosen in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee as one of the best athletes of the twentieth century, and a year later as the best player of the same century by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
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