Brazil’s Pelé to stay in hospital in Peru for cancer treatment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pelé first found fame with Santos FC in the 1970s and has since become a cultural icon for Brazil

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé is to remain in hospital in Lima, Peru, for a few days after undergoing chemotherapy for a cancerous prostate tumour.

His spokesman confirmed that the legendary 77-year-old passed the five days he was required for the treatment, but did not reveal whether the treatment had ended.

The spokesman said the foundation had decided to remain in Lima as “the cancer is aggressive”.

The cancer affected the internal organs.

Pelé, known as “the King of Football”, is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

He signed for Santos FC in the late 1960s, becoming one of the most famous Brazilian footballers of all time.

He led the club to the country’s only World Cup title in 1958 – a win which was met with near-universal derision in the UK.

Playmaker Pelé became a global sporting icon, with his picture and image turning up on merchandise from zany nail varnish to shirt designs.

He retired from the sport in 1975 and made his fortune by setting up his own marketing agency.

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