Brazil legend Pele says he is “recovering very well” after being readmitted to intensive care following a recent operation.
The iconic 80-year-old had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon this month and was initially released from intensive care on Wednesday.
Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital said he was readmitted “as a preventative measure”.
“My friends, I am still recovering very well,” Pele wrote on Instagram.
“Today I received visits from family members and I continue to smile every day. Thank you for all the love I get from you.”
Pele’s health has been a concern in recent years. He had prostate surgery in 2015 after he was admitted to hospital for the second time in six months, and he was admitted again for a urinary infection in 2019.
Pele is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games and one of only four players to have scored in four World Cup tournaments.
Argentina maestro Lionel Messi recently passed him as the leading South American men’s scorer in international matches with a hat-trick in their 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Bolivia.