Brazilian footballing legend Pele has disclosed the fact that he has undergone surgery to remove a tumour from his colon. The three-time World Cup winner, 80, has promised that he will meet his illness “with a smile on my face”. Among the greatest players of all time, Pele has won three world cups with his country Brazil for the years 1958, 1962 and 1970.
He was considered by his peers as the best player they had ever seen and his goal record is something to be envious about as well, despite it including friendlies as well with his record being reported by FIFA as 1281 goals in 1363 appearances on the pitch and due to this was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football. He does have the record for the most world cups won by a player and that probably won’t be repeated seeing how international football operates today.
He posted on his Instagram that he is been having this treatment and is keeping an upbeat outlook regarding his surgery.
Pele said on Instagram that last Saturday he had undergone surgery to remove a potentially dangerous lesion in the right colon and the tumour was identified during the tests mentioned by him last week. He continued saying that fortunately he is used to celebrating great victories like the World Cup alongside the people and will face this “match” too with a smile on his face coupled with a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of his family and friends.