Pele: Brazil legend, 80, has surgical procedure to take away tumour

Pele, pictured in 2019

Pele, pictured in 2019, is Brazil’s leading goalscorer and one of only four players to have scored in four different World Cup tournaments

Brazil legend Pele has had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.

Following reports that the 80-year-old had been in hospital for six days, he posted on social mediaexternal-link on Monday, saying he had surgery to remove the “suspicious lesion” last Saturday.

“Fortunately, I’m used to celebrating great victories alongside you,” said the three-time World Cup winner.

“I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living.”

Five days ago, the former Santos and New York Cosmos forward denied reports he had faintedexternal-link and had “routine exams”.

He now says the tumour in the right colon was discovered in the tests last week.

“Thank God for feeling very well and for allowing Dr Fabio and Dr Miguel to take care of my health,” he added.

In February 2020, Pele’s son, ex-Santos goalkeeper Edinho, said his father had…