Brazilian Pele is back in hospital
Football legend Pele has been in and out of the hospital for his treatment of colon cancer. Image Credit: AP

Sao Paulo: Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been released from hospital after treatment for a urinary infection that was discovered by doctors who were treating him for colon cancer, medics said on Monday.

Pele was discharged on Saturday, a statement from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said.

“The patient’s clinical conditions are stable and he is cured of his infection.”

“He will continue his treatment for the colon tumour, identified in September 2021.” Pele returned to hospital on February 13 for a regular round of chemotherapy. Doctors identified the urinary infection during his stay and kept him in longer than was planned.

Widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, the 81-year-old former Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil player has suffered from a series of health issues in recent years, including hip surgery that left him with recurring pain and trouble walking unaided.