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Brazilian soccer great Pele leaves hospital after weeks

Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been discharged from the hospital where he received treatment for nearly a month, according to a statement from the facility. The 80-year-old removed a tumour from his colon on Sept. 4.

80-year-old had a tumour removed from his colon on Sept. 4

Soccer legend Pele, seen above during an 2019 event in Paris, won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil's leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches. (Franck Fife/Agence France-Presse)

Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been discharged from the hospital where he received treatment for nearly a month.

"I am so happy to be back at home," Pele wrote in a post on his official Instagram. "I want to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very affectionate welcome."

The 80-year-old had a tumour removed from his colon on Sept. 4 and spent days in intensive care after the surgery.

"The patient is stable and will continue with chemotherapy," doctors from the hospital said in a statement, without providing further details.

In recent days, Pele published several pictures and videos on social media showing his recovery process in the hospital. The tumour was found when he went for routine exams at the end of August.

Pele won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil's all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

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