Pele leaves hospital, to undergo chemo

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Soccer legend Pele left a Sao Paulo hospital after several weeks on Thursday and will now undergo chemotherapy following the removal of a colon tumour.

Pele had been hospitalised for nearly a month, checking in for routine exams before undergoing a September 4 operation to remove the tumour.

He was in and out of the Albert Einstein Hospital's intensive care unit in the days after surgery, with social media posts from his family assuring fans he was recovering well.

The hospital said on Thursday he was stable and cleared in the morning to leave the hospital, but would "continue with chemotherapy."

The Santos, Brazil and New York Cosmos player turns 81 on October 23. Pele is the only man to win three World Cups as a player.

"I am so happy to be back at home," Pele wrote in a post on his official Instagram.

"I want to thank the entire Albert Einstein Hospital team, who made my stay a pleasant one, with a humane and very affectionate welcome."

On Wednesday, his daughter Kely said he was expected to be discharged.

"Now that he's stronger and leaving the hospital to continue recovering and treating himself at home, I'm going back home," Pele's US-based daughter said on social media.

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