Pele back in intensive care following Brazil icon’s surgery to remove tumor

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Brazilian football icon Pele is sadly back in intensive care, with reports in his native Brazil claiming he has taken a turn for the worse.

ESPN Brazil are reporting that Pele has been re-admitted to the ICU due to acid reflux.

The news comes just days after Pele announced he had left the ICU at the Alberto Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following an operation to remove a tumour from his colon earlier this month.

However, the report goes onto claim that his return to the Alberto Einstein hospital has been taken as a precautionary measure to take a closer look at the former World Cup winners health.

Pele posted on Instagram following his discharge earlier this week: "My friends, this is a message for each of you.

"Don't think for a minute that I haven't read the thousands of loving messages I've received around here.

"Thank you very much to each one of you, who dedicated a minute of your day to send me positive energy.

"I continue every day happier, with a lot of disposition to play 90 minutes, plus extra time. We will be together soon!"

However, Pele is now back in the ICU as doctors continue to monitor his recovery.

Pele is widely regarded as one of the finest football players to grace the pitch.

The 80-year-old spent the majority of his career at Santos, with a brief tenure at the NASL side New York Cosmos.

However, he his best known for his exploits on the international stage.

A 17-year-old Pele captivated audiences at the 1958 World Cup as his swashbuckling Brazil side, that featured other legends such as Garrincha and Vava, conquered the world in Sweden.

He went onto win the World Cup on two more occasions in 1962, in Chile, and 1970, in Mexico.

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Pele makes a great claim to being the greatest of all time, eclipsing others such as Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

His career was subject to a Netflix documentary in early 2021, but fans were shocked by how elderly Pele looked.

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