THREE-TIME World Cup winner Pele has been discharged from hospital as he continues his recovery following an operation to remove a tumour from his colon.
The 80-year-old underwent surgery earlier this month after a tumour was discovered during tests, but he has now taken to social media to announce he’s back at home.
In an Instagram post, Pele shared a snap of himself alongside wife Marcia Aoki and hospital staff.
Captioning the upload, he said: “When the path is difficult, celebrate each step of the journey.
“Focus on your happiness. It’s true that I can’t jump anymore, but these past few days, I’ve been punching the air more times than usual.
“I am so happy to be back at home. I want to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very affectionate welcome.
“Thanks also to all of you, who from afar, make my life complete with so many messages of love.”
Pele was admitted to hospital in August to undergo ‘routine exams’ that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A tumour was discovered in his colon earlier this month and he underwent surgery to resolve his medical condition.
Pele left intensive care on September 14 but was rushed back in three days later as a precautionary measure after an acid reflux.
He returned to a regular ward three days later, punching the air in celebration, and is now fit enough to continue his recovery at home.
Pele and daughter Kely Nascimento have been reassuring fans of the icon’s improving condition throughout September on Instagram.
Pele wrote on Wednesday: “When life imposes a challenge, it’s always easier to face it with a smile on your face.
“When you see this post, do me a favour. Smile with me!”
Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, helping Santos win six Brazilian titles and the Copa Libertadores twice.
His tally of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games – including friendlies – is recognised as the most scored in a professional career.