In view of the latest media reports about his health, Brazilian football legend Pelé (82) has turned to his fans on social networks.
"My friends, I want everyone to stay calm and think positively. I am strong, have a lot of hope and continue my treatment," wrote the three-time world champion on Instagram. "I firmly believe in God, and every message of love I receive from you all around the world gives me new strength."
In addition, Pelé published a medical bulletin from the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo. "Edson Arantes do Nascimento has been admitted for a reassessment of his chemotherapy for a colon cancer diagnosed in September 2021. He is continuing treatment and is in stable condition," the statement said. "He has also responded well to treatment for the respiratory infection and has shown no deterioration over the past 24 hours."
State of health is cause for concern
The newspaper "Folha de S. Paulo" had previously reported that Pelé was no longer responding to chemotherapy. Cancer treatment in the hospital has been suspended and he is only receiving palliative care. For example, he gets medication for the pain and shortness of breath.
In September last year, Pelé had a tumor removed from his colon that doctors discovered during a routine examination. After the operation, Pelé was initially treated in the intensive care unit. He had to stay in the hospital for about a month after the operation. After that, Pelé was repeatedly in the hospital for chemotherapy.
Pelé's health has repeatedly raised concerns in recent years. He underwent several hip surgeries. He also had problems with his spine and knees. Two years ago he had a kidney stone removed after a urinary tract infection. Pelé played 92 international matches and won three World Cup titles with Brazil's national team (1958, 1962, 1970).