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Pele grateful for ‘every small victory’ as he fights against cancer

On Wednesday, a beaming Pele shared a photo of himself holding a replica of the 1970 World Cup trophy, surrounded by five family members.

IANS | New Delhi |

Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer, took to social media to thank his family for their support as he battles cancer.

On Wednesday, a beaming Pele shared a photo of himself holding a replica of the 1970 World Cup trophy, surrounded by five family members.

“As always, celebrating every small victory!” the 81-year-old said in a message accompanying the photo. “I received a visit from the family and decided to share this moment with you. Surrounded by love, it’s easy to see that life is a gift.”

Pele is currently recuperating at his home in Guaruja, near Sao Paulo, after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from his colon in September. According to Xinhua, he has since undergone regular chemotherapy sessions.

Pele, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, set a world record with 1,281 goals in 1,363 professional matches over a 21-year career.

He has played 91 times for Brazil, scoring 77 international goals.

(Inputs from IANS)