Soccer legend Pele was recovering in the intensive care unit at a Brazil hospital on Monday after he had a tumor removed from his colon, APA reports citing Fox News.
Pele made the revelation of the surgery on Facebook.
"My friends, thank you very much for the kind messages. I thank God for feeling very well and for allowing Dr. Fábio and Dr. Miguel to take care of my health. Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon. The tumor was identified during the tests I mentioned last week," he wrote.
"Fortunately, I'm used to celebrating great victories alongside you. I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends."