SAO PAULO: Pele has re-entered the intensive care unit of the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo in an apparent deterioration of his condition after surgery.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, according to ESPN Brazil, has been troubled by acid reflux after a colon tumor was removed early this month.

Pele, 80, who won three World Cups with Brazil, was admitted to hospital on August 31 initially to undergo a routine check-up.

On Tuesday, after leaving UCI, Pele wrote a message to his followers through Instagram in which he showed ready for “90 minutes, plus overtime.”

Pele, who in recent years has suffered from various health problems, reduced his public appearances before the COVID-19 pandemic and since then has barely left his home near Santos.