September 7 – Brazilian legend Pele is recovering in hospital from surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.
Pelé, the only player to win three World Cups, did not say whether the tumour was malignant but the 80-year-old said he was feeling good.
“Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon,” he wrote in a social media post.
“I am facing up to this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and happiness for being surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”
In February 2020, Pele’s son said his father was reluctant to leave the house because he could not walk unaided.
His health has been a concern for some years and he had prostate surgery in 2015 after he was admitted to hospital for the second time in six months. Three years later he was admitted for a urinary infection.
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