With his usual sense of humor, football legend Pelé released a video on Tuesday in which he is seen pedaling a bicycle in the hope of being released soon from the Sao Paulo hospital where he is being treated after an operation in colon.
“My friends, I send this video that my wife made today to share my joy with you.
I am surrounded by affection and encouragement which makes me feel a little better every day.
By pedaling in this way, I will soon be returning to Santos, ”a town in Sao Paulo where one of his residences is located, wrote Pelé, 80, on his Instagram account.
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In the video, we can see the former football genius on a bicycle while two members of the medical staff at the Albert-Einstein hospital cheer him on.
"Alright, that's it, champion!"
A little more, ”one of the two men supervising the exercise tells him as Pele jokes, sticking out his tongue as if he's exhausted.
The former footballer, three-time World Cup winner with Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970), had been operated on September 4 for a "suspicious" tumor in the colon discovered during routine examinations.
He remained in intensive care until September 14, before being transferred to a normal room, but made a brief return to an intensive care unit on Friday "as a preventive measure" because of a small "respiratory instability" .