Pele is set to be moved out of intensive care within the next 48 hours as he continues to recover from surgery, the Brazil legend's daughter has confirmed.
Pele, 80, went under the knife to have a tumour removed from his colon earlier this month.
His surgery took place at the Alberto Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, where he has remained in intensive care after completing it successfully.
The three-time World Cup winner has received messages of support from across the globe since news of his operation first emerged – and now his daughter has provided a positive update for fans on social media.
Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram: "I would like to thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart, for all the loving and concerned texts, DMs, zaps and emails I have received.
"I haven't had time to answer them all yet, but I read it and feel embraced!
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"He is recovering well from the surgery. He's pain free, in a good mood (He's a little irritated that he can only eat jelly but he'll get over it!!) and ready to leave the ICU and then go home."
She added: "He's strong and stubborn, and with the help of all of Einstein's amazing team, plus all the love and energy and light the world is sending, he's out of this one!"
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Pele, widely considered one of the greatest players in football history, reportedly scored 643 goals in 660 matches for Brazilian club Santos.
He netted 77 goals in his 92 caps for Brazil, inspiring the country to three World Cup wins.
The all-time great reassured fans after his operation by writing on Instagram: "My friends, with each passing day I feel a little better.
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"I'm looking forward to playing again, but I'm still going to recover for as few more days.
"While I'm here, I take the opportunity to talk a lot with my family and to rest.
"Thanks again for all the loving messages. We'll be together again soon!"
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