February 3, 2023

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Pele “is still being treated and is stable,” his hospital in Sao Paulo says

A large Pele flag saying The fans wished Pelé well during Brazil’s group stage game against Cameroon on Friday in Qatar

Brazil international Pele “is still receiving treatment and is stable,” according to a statement from the hospital where he is in Sao Paulo.

Following is a report from Brazil that he began end-of-life care after failing to respond to chemotherapy.

The 82-year-old three-time world champion has been in the hospital since Tuesday, and on Thursday evening he said it was a “monthly routine visit”.

In September 2021, he had a tumor removed from his colon.

The Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital statement on Saturday said Pele “responded well to treatment for respiratory infections.” It added that he was undergoing a “reevaluation of chemotherapy treatment.”

The legendary striker has been diagnosed with a respiratory infection and on Friday the hospital had said he was in stable condition.

On Saturday, the new statement said his condition had not deteriorated in the past 24 hours.

Messages of support have since been sent from around the world.

“He’s an inspiration”

On Saturday, England captain Harry Kane said: “We are very sad to hear the news of his illness but we wish him well, not just me but the entire England line-up. He’s an inspiration, an incredible person.”

Former Germany striker Jürgen Klinsmann told BBC One’s World Cup coverage on Saturday: “Pele is just a wonderful person. The outstanding personality of world football. We can only pray and hope for the best.”

Former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta added on BBC One: “It is very sad news to hear from Pele. He was a true inspiration to all of us, on and off the pitch. He’s always been a great man.”

“Pray for the King” French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted. external link

Doha's Torch Tower, also known as the Aspire Tower, is illuminated by a screen depicting Pele reading a message in support of the ex-Brazilian playerDoha’s Torch Tower, also known as the Aspire Tower, displays a message of support to Pele

Qatar, hosts of the World Cup, showed its support for Pele on Saturday by illuminating buildings with the message “Get well soon”.

The Lusail Stadium in Doha, which will host the World Cup final on December 18, and the Aspire Tower next to the Khalifa Stadium have been adorned with images of Pele in his famous number 10 shirt.

Concerns were initially raised on Wednesday when ESPN Brasil reported Pele had been admitted and his daughter Kely Nascimento said there was “no emergency”.

Pele on Friday thanked well-wishers for sending “good vibes” and said his hospitalization was “a routine visit.”

The former striker is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games and has scored in four World Cups.

Santos, his only Brazilian club, tweeted: “The whole world wishes you well King Pele”.

pelePelé is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games