Pele released from hospital before Christmas but still being treated for tumour

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Brazil legend Pele will continue being treated for a colon tumour having been released from hospital after undergoing chemotherapy sessions at the beginning of the month.

The three-time World Cup-winning forward was released on Thursday and will be able to celebrate the holidays at home.

The 81-year-old said on Twitter back in November that he was "fine" and "feeling better every day" after being released from hospital in November – before returning for further treatment.

"The patient remains stable and will continue having treatment on the colon tumor that was identified in September," read a statement from Hospital Albert Einstein after his recent surgery.

Pele is widely considered to be one of the best footballers in history, winning the World Cup in each of 1958, 1962 and 1970.

He scored 77 goals in 92 matches for his country, and over 600 during his 19 seasons with Santos in Brazil.

The icon spent a month away from home as they removed a tumour from the right side of his colon earlier in the year, but the hospital said at that time that he would need to return to undergo chemotherapy.

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Pele had said before his latest hosptial stint: “When the road is hard, celebrate every step of the journey. Focus on your happiness.

“It’s true that I can’t jump anymore, but these past few days I’ve been punching the air more often than usual.

"I'm very happy to be back at my house.

“I want to thank all the staff at Albert Einstein Hospital, who made my stay pleasant…Thank you also to all of you who by far make my life complete with so many messages of love.”

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