Pelé: Football world wishes Brazilian star well as he remains in stable condition


Football stars past and present have been wishing Pelé well on social media as the Brazilian giant’s health condition remains stable, according to a hospital statement on Saturday.

“He [Pelé] has shown a good response to the respiratory infection care, showing no worsening of his condition in the last 24 hours,” the Israel Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement.

Earlier on Saturday, local media reports in Brazil said Pelé’s health had worsened.

The 82-year-old former footballer, who is one of the greatest players of all time, was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment after Pelé removed a tumor from his colon in September 2021.

Pelé took to Instagram on Thursday to thank his fans for the positive messages and “good rewards” he received.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé urged his Twitter followers on Saturday to “Pray for the King” – a reference to Brazil’s great nickname – tagging Pelé in his tweet.

Meanwhile, Brazilian soccer star Vinicius Jr., who is playing for the national team at Qatar 2022, and former Brazil player Rivaldo took to social media to urge the legend to “stay strong”.

The 82-year-old’s former club Santos FC added: “The whole world… is with you, King Pele!”, while football’s governing body FIFA told the star to “get well soon.”

In December 2021, Pelé was in hospital and underwent chemotherapy treatment. In September of that year, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his right colon, which doctors found during routine check-ups.

Pelé is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players in history.

He played in four World Cups, winning three – in 1958, 1962, 1970) – and scored 12 goals in 14 games. He scored 1,281 goals in his professional career in 1,363 games.

CNN’s Don Riddell spoke to fans about Pele in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, with the American saying his first ever game was watching the Brazilian star in 1975 in Washington, DC. Pelé played for the New York Cosmos between 1975 and 1977.

The fan, who said he had been to 11 World Cups, said Pele had changed his life.

“Watching him was the first professional game I ever saw at 75 and because of that, one of the reasons this is my 11th World Cup,” Clifton Broumand told CNN.

“I’ve been going since Spain, because that beat me, watching him and his ability beat me to come and watch football and the World Cup,” Broumand added.


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