Brazilian legend Pele says he feels ready for “90 minutes plus extra time” after leaving intensive care.
The 80-year-old had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
The three-time World Cup winner has been having treatment at the hospital since 31 August after the tumour was detected in routine tests.
“I have already left the ICU and I am in my room,” he said in a post on Instagram thanking fans for support.
“I continue every day happier, with a lot of disposition to play 90 minutes, plus extra time. We will be together soon.”