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Brazilian soccer legend Pele has once again been admitted to the hospital. According to doctors at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil he is being treated for a previously identified colon tumour.

While they confirmed that he is being treated there, they gave no information about how his treatment is going or whether the tumour is serious or not.

The 81-year-old has been admitted for follow-up treatment of the colon tumour identified in September. He underwent surgery and spent an entire month in hospital. Back then doctors discharged him from the hospital to continue with his chemotherapy at home.

In a statement released by his team on Wednesday, the three-time World Cup winner was reported as being “stable and is expected to be released in the coming days”.

Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento is the only player in the history of soccer to have won three World Cups. It was in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

His health has been deteriorating over the last few years and he has undergone hip surgery. After the surgery, he is now unable to walk by himself.

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