Brazil legend Pele has confirmed he has had successful surgery to remove a tumour from his colon.
The three-time World Cup winner revealed the tumour had been discovered during tests in hospital last week.
The 80-year-old is remaining optimistic about his recovery and says he will keep a smile on his face during the process.
Pele confirmed the news in an Instagram post alongside a picture of him wearing the famous yellow Brazil jersey.
“Last Saturday I underwent surgery to remove a suspicious lesion in the right colon,” he wrote.
“The tumour was identified during the tests I mentioned last week. Fortunately I am used to celebrating great victories alongside you.
“I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.”