Football legend Pele has been seen in a video singing the anthem of his old Brazilian club Santos as he celebrated leaving the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital.
The 80-year-old Brazilian was seen smiling as he accompanied visiting musicians who brought along a guitar so he could exercise his vocal chords.
Daughter Kely Nascimento, who has been posting updates of her dad’s recovery from a hospital op to remove a tumour from his colon, released the footage of him enjoying himself at a room in the Alberto Enstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
She wrote along the video in a direct message to fans: ‘You asked for more! There’s nothing better than this.’
Football legend Pele has been seen in a video singing the anthem of his old Brazilian club Santos as he celebrated leaving the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital
The 80-year-old Brazilian was seen smiling as he accompanied visiting musicians who brought along a guitar so he could exercise his vocal chords
Daughter Kely Nascimento, who has been posting updates of her dad’s recovery from a hospital op to remove a tumour from his colon, released the footage of him enjoying himself at a room in the Alberto Enstein Hospital in Sao Paulo
Earlier this week, the three-time World Cup winner posted a picture on social media of him ‘punching the air’ to celebrate ‘every better day’ as he continued his recovery.
On Friday, Pele was readmitted to hospital just three days after leaving having previously undergone an operation to remove a colon tumour.
Pele was briefly transferred back to an intensive care unit at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, where he underwent surgery earlier this month, after suffering breathing difficulties.
However, he was seen in good spirits in a video where he did a one-two with his clenched fists while working out on an exercise bike from bed during a physiotherapy session.
His daughter joked as he moved his legs only: ‘Move your arms, move your arms.’
The smiling former footballer immediately responded with a one-two jab as he exercised.
Pele has been seen keeping fit in hospital as he continues his recovery after an operation
The Brazil legend was readmitted to intensive care just three days after leaving following an operation to remove a colon tumour, but says he is doing well despite a ‘little step back’
Hospital bosses have not yet said when they think Pele, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, will be well enough to go home after surgery to remove a tumour in his colon.
The former Santos’ striker’s colon tumour was found when he went into hospital for routine examinations at the end of August. His surgery took place on September 4.
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 after his op, 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.
His daughter Kely Nascimento (left) posted a photo of them with Pele smiling on a hospital bed
‘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!’
Pele sparked concern about his health in a recent Netflix documentary on his career after he was seen using a walking frame.
The former footballer, the only male player to win three World Cups, has had mobility problems since a failed hip replacement surgery in 2012.
In recent years, he has also undergone kidney and prostate procedures.
All-time great Pele has won the World Cup three times and is his country’s leading goalscorer
Plagued by health issues in recent years, Pele now uses a wheelchair during his public outings
Pele rose to international prominence when he helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup as a 17-year-old, repeating the feat in 1962 and 1970.
Officially, he scored 757 goals during a glittering career – club Santos claim his tally was closer to 1,000 – leaving him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Josef Biscan on the all-time list.
Additionally, he was was only recently overtaken as the top international goalscorer in South American history, when Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick for Argentina in their World Cup qualifier last week.
Messi has recorded his huge tally in 153 caps for Argentina, while Pele netted his 77 goals in 92 official matches for Brazil.