Pelé says he is “getting a little better every day”

The Brazilian football icon, operated on September 4, has given positive signs and is in stable condition.

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Pele “punches the air”, he said on Sunday, to celebrate the fact that he feels “a little better every day” after a brief return to intensive care on Friday. “Good humor is the best medicine and I have a lot of it. It couldn’t be different”, added Pelé, 80, on his Instagram account.

In the photo accompanying this message, Pelé is sitting in an armchair, his fists raised, at the Albert-Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo. His condition is “stable”, specified the establishment.

The former footballer, triple winner of the World Cup with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970), had been operated on September 4 for a tumor “suspicious” colon discovered during routine examinations.

He remained in intensive care until September 14, before being moved to a normal room, but made a brief return to an intensive care unit on Friday “as a preventive measure” because of a small “respiratory instability”. “I have received so much kindness that my heart is full of gratitude”, added the legendary striker to reassure his many fans.

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