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03rd Dec 2022

Positive update on Pele’s condition as messages of good-will pour in

Niall McIntyre

Pele has posted a message to say that he is ‘full of hope’ after reports emerged today that his health was worsening.

Brazilian media had reported on Sunday that the 82-year-old had “been moved to palliative care” in hospital and was “no longer responding to chemotherapy, but a statement from his own social media has since released a more positive update.

“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” it read.

The only three-time World Cup winner in football is being cared for at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo and doctors said that this health ‘remains stable.

“Edson Arantes do Nascimento was admitted to the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein last Tuesday for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy of the colon tumour, identified in September 2021,” read their statement.

“He is still undergoing treatment and the state of health remains stable. He has also had a good response to respiratory infection care, with no worsening of the condition in the last 24 hours.”

On Instagram, Pele also released a positive message.

“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” it read.

“I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received. I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And watch Brazil in the World Cup too! Thank you so much for everything.”