He is being treated at Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, which said in a statement on Wednesday that his cancer had progressed, forcing it to place the athlete in “care.” intensive care” related to “renal and cardiac dysfunction,” Associated Press report.
Pelé, 82, has been on chemotherapy since he had a colon tumor removed in September 2021.
Known globally as Pelé, he was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento and quickly became a household name among football fans as a teenager in Latin America and during His first World Cup was in 1958 in Sweden.
His daughter, Kelly Nascimento, speak in an Instagram post on Wednesday that her father will be spending the holidays in the hospital.
“Christmas at our home has been suspended. We decided with the doctors that, for a variety of reasons, it would be better for us to stay here with all the care our new family at Einstein has given us,” she said.
“We, as always, thank you for all the love you give us in Brazil and around the world! Your love for him, your stories and prayers is a BIG source of comfort because we know we are not alone.”
As the 2022 World Cup tournament ended in Qatar last week, Pelé congratulated the winning team, Argentinaand star player Lionel Messi.
“Congratulations Argentina! Surely Diego is smiling now,” he wrote, referring to another great Argentine football player, the late Diego Maradona.
“Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in a mesmerizing way,” said Pelé Written on Instagram. “Messi won his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserves. My dear friend, [Kylian] Mbappé, scoring four goals in a final. What a gift it is to watch this spectacle for the future of our sport.”
Pelé also congratulated the Moroccan team for making history by reaching the semi-finals and finishing in fourth place. “It’s great to see Africa shine,” he wrote.
He previously said that he watched the matches from the hospital and congratulations Brazilian star Neymar for scoring for his national team take note (77 goals), as soon as the team was eliminated from the World Cup, lost to Croatia.
Pelé’s poor health has worried global sports fans, many sending message support or raise tribute banners at matches and affectionately refer to him as “King”.
“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pelé speak in an earlier post in December. “I am strong, with a lot of hope and I am following my treatment as usual.”
“I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from friends around the world fills me with energy. … Thank you so much for everything,” he added.