Pele ‘super strong’ as he recovers from tumor, daughter says

Brazilian soccer legend Pele laughs during the inauguration of a refurbished soccer field at the Mineira slum in Rio de Janeiro September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Jan 22 (Reuters) – Soccer legend Pele is at home and “super strong” as he recovers from a colon tumor, his daughter said on Saturday in what appeared to be a rebuttal of media reports that his condition had worsened.

The 81-year-old former Santos and New York Cosmos player was discharged from hospital on Thursday after undergoing two days of chemotherapy treatment. L1N2U02DO

Pele had surgery to remove a colon tumor in September 2021 and has been in an out of the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo in the months since.

“I don’t know what came out where but everybody is sending me messages, everybody is worried,” she said, before adding, “Nothing has changed.”

“There is nothing new to report. My father goes to the hospital every month. So these things are going to come out now and again, sometimes he’ll go twice a month. But nothing has changed, he is at home, he’s good, recovering well, and is super strong.”

His business manager declined to confirm or deny those reports.

Widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele has suffered from a series of health issues in recent years, including hip surgery that left him with recurring pain and trouble walking unaided.

He has reduced his public appearances but remains active on social media.

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