Pele feels “better” after tumor operation

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The 80-year-old spent a month in a Sao Paulo hospital to recover from his surgery while receiving chemotherapy at the same time.

“Thank god I’m better, I’m even ready to play on Sunday,” he joked.

“Seriously, thanks for everything, thanks to everyone who hugged and strengthened me,” he added in a video message posted on the Instagram accounts of two of his children.

He was operated on on September 4th after a routine examination revealed the suspicious looking tumor.

The results of his biopsy have not been released and neither the player, his family, nor the medical center where he was treated have commented on whether the tumor was cancerous, although chemotherapy is usually used to treat cancer.

Pele, who turns 81 in just over a week, is widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers of all time.

As a former striker, he has scored more than 1,000 goals during his career, which is officially a record.

He is the only player in history who has won the World Cup three times and also coined the term “the beautiful game” to describe football.

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