Brazil great Pele has revealed that he has had surgery to remove a tumor from his colon.
The triple World Cup winner, 80, has promised to cope with his illness”with a smile on mine face”.
Pelé helped Brazil to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and remains one of the global game’s most cherished figures.
He confirmed his hospital treatment in a short social media statement, vow to maintain an optimistic outlook.
“Last Saturday I had surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon,” Pele posted on Instagram.
“The tumor was identified during the tests die I mentioned last week. Luckily I’m used to celebrating great victories next to you.
“I will face this match with a smile on mine face, a lot of optimism and joy for life surrounded by love of mine family and friends.”
Pele officially made 757 career goals, leaving him behind behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Biscan on all the time list. Brazilian club However, Santos claims the number is closer to 1,000.
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