Sao Paulo (AFP)

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. this way, I will return soon to Santos ", a locality of Sao Paulo where one of his residences is located, writes Pelé, 80 years old, on his account Instagram.

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! Excellent! A little more," one of the two men supervising the exercise tells him as Pele jokes, sticking out his tongue like he's exhausted.

The former footballer, triple winner of the World Cup 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" .

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