Brazil legend Pele punches air in celebration as 80-year-old's condition improves after being rushed into intensive care

BRAZIL legend Pele punched the air in celebration as he left intensive care this morning.

The 80-year-old caused fresh fears for his huge fan base as it emerged he had been readmitted to intensive care after his operation.

The former Santos’ striker was discovered to have had a colon tumour when he went into hospital for routine examinations at the end of August.

His surgery to remove it took place on September 4 and he had been expected to leave intensive care last week.

Pele initially left the intensive care unit (ICU) on Tuesday after undergoing his op. surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.

But the iconic footballer returned to the ICU after falling ill while still in Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday.

Now he has offered a positive update on his condition by sharing a snap of him in a wheelchair punching the air with delight while leaving ICU again.

The three-time World Cup winner captioned it with: “As you can see, I'm punching the air in celebration of every better day.


“A good mood is the best medicine and I have plenty of that. It couldn't be different.

“I have received so much affection that my heart is full of gratitude. Thanks to all the amazing staff at Albert Einstein Hospital!”

Pele has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk unaided.

His public appearances were already reduced before the coronavirus pandemic.

In a first Instagram post a few days ago, Pele showed his sense of humour by writing: “My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better.

“I'm looking forward to playing again, but I'm still going to recover for as few more days.

“While I'm here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest. Thanks again for all the loving messages. We'll be together again soon!”

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