Pelé Discharged After Long Hospital Stay

Jake Cooper - 04 Oct 2021

Former Brazilian soccer star Pelé, a man regarded by many to be one of the greatest football players of all time, has been discharged from hospital following the removal of a tumour from his colon in early September.

Pelé spent over a month at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo following the procedure and is apparently recovering well. According to confirmation by the hospital, the former football great will now continue with chemotherapy while in recovery. Doctors provided no further information regarding the treatment received during his extended time in hospital.

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Happy To Be Home

Pelé all of last week posted photos and videos about his time in recovery to his official Instagram account. He appeared happy about his steady recovery and especially about being back home with his family. While he said he’s no longer able to hop, skip, and jump like he used to back in his footy-playing days, he’s now punching the air with gratitude and joy about being in recovery and back in the presence of his loved ones.

The tumour on Pelé’s colon was discovered during a routine medical check-up earlier this year in August. Treatment for its removal commenced shortly after. The footy great spent a few days in intensive care following the procedure.

Pelé made a big deal of thanking his medical team at Albert Einstein Hospital. He said he’d received only the most professional and “humane” treatment during his extended stay, and also that he’d been made to feel exceptionally welcome, comfortable, and at ease.  

Life And Times Of Pelé

This year turned 80, Pelé remains a living football legend and Brazil’s all-time record scorer with 77 goals accumulated across 92 matches.

The soccer great came onto the international scene at a youthful 17 years of age, in 1958. He would ultimately go on to star in 3 World Cups won for Brazil. During his very first World Cup, in 1958, he scored a record six times as a young player just starting out.  

Before that, he was signed by Santos when only 15. During his debut league stint he scored four goals in a match against FC Corinthians.

Real name Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, Pelé was named after American inventor Thomas Edison. Discovered by fellow Brazilian soccer great Waldemar de Brito, Pelé would eventually go on to rank 5th on the all-time World Cup goal-scorers list, and 2nd among players from Brazil.

The legend has helped raised millions for charities – including for Harlem Street Soccer and Great Ormond Street. uses cookies to give the best experience possible. Please read our Cookie Policy for more details