Pele, 80, was transferred briefly Friday morning to an intensive care unit after breathing difficulties, the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo announced in the evening, where the Brazilian football legend underwent surgery in early September.

"After breathing difficulties", Pelé was "transferred preventively to an intensive care unit and, once his condition stabilized, the patient was placed in semi-intensive care," the hospital said in a bulletin.

Pelé had been operated on September 4 in this establishment 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.

Pele's situation "is stable from a cardiovascular and respiratory point of view", continued the hospital, he "continues to recover from his abdominal surgery".

"Sometimes we take two steps forward and then one step back"

Previously, one of his daughters had assured on Instagram that Pele is "recovering (is) well", trying to reassure his many fans after television channels TV Record and ESPN Brasil indicated that the ex-football star had returned to intensive care.

“This is the normal recovery scenario for a man his age.

Sometimes after an operation like this you take two steps forward, one step back.

Yesterday he was tired and he took a step back.

Today, he has taken two steps forward, ”wrote Kely Nascimento, without however denying that his father was able to return to the intensive care unit.

"He is recovering well, under normal conditions, I promise!"

», She insisted in this message illustrated with a photo of her next to Pelé all smiles, wearing a black sleeveless down jacket, on his bed at Albert Einstein hospital where he was admitted on August 31.

“This photo was taken instantly.

He wears a down jacket because he is from Santos (seaside resort near Sao Paulo) and the cold of Sao Paulo bothers him ”, joked the daughter of the“ King ”of football.

“There is a lot of angst in the world these days and we don't want to add to it,” she wrote.

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