Pele returns to Sao Paulo hospital for additional treatment for colon tumors

Pelé returned to the hospital to continue treatment for a colon tumor.

Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital said on Wednesday the 81-year-old was in stable condition and is due out in the next few days.

Pelé revealed on September 6 that a “suspicious lesion” had been detected during tests, prompting surgeons to operate on the former Brazilian striker.

The three-time World Cup winner spent most of September in hospital, including a few days in intensive care, before returning home.

Pelé is back in the hospital (Nigel French / PA)

A statement from the hospital on Wednesday read: “Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé) is hospitalized at the Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital to continue treatment of the colon tumor, identified in September of this year.

“The patient is stable, and the forecast is that he will be released in the next few days.”

Pele, who is considered the world’s first football superstar, helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup at the age of 17, repeating the feat in 1962 and 1970.

Officially, he has scored 757 goals in a brilliant career – club Santos claim their total was closer to 1,000 – leaving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Biscan on the all-time roster.

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