Former Brazilian forward Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’, three-time world champion, congratulated Argentine player Lionel Messi on Saturday for having surpassed his record as the top scorer in official national team matches.
From the hospital where he has been admitted since last August 31, the King of football applauded the feat of the Argentine, whose talent he considers “incredible.”
“Hello Messi. Sorry if I’m late. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to congratulate you on another record beaten earlier this month. Your talent when it comes to playing soccer is incredible!”, wrote in his account Instagram Pele, who is recovering from the removal of a tumor in the colon.
On September 9, the captain of the Argentine National Team scored a triplet against Bolivia, in a match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, and reached 79 goals in official commitments, for which he beat Pelé, who has 77 goals , as the highest historical scorer of the South American teams.
“I hope you conquer much more, alongside my friends Mbappe and Neymar”, Pele added in his message.
Pelé has been admitted for several weeks to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after routine examinations, which he had postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, detected a suspicious tumor in the colon, which was removed in the past. 4th of September.
In recent years, the health of the triple world champion (1958, 1962 and 1970) has deteriorated due to spinal, hip and knee problems that have significantly reduced his mobility and have forced him to undergo surgery several times, in addition to suffer some kidney crises.