The Brazilian football legend Pelé, 82, who helped the Brazilian national team win three World Cups, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, remained in a stable condition after being hospitalised this week as he battles colon cancer, the hospital said. According media, the chemotherapy has now been suspended and Pelé is receiving end-of-life care, being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath, but the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo declined to confirm. Pelé retired from football in 1977. Football stars past and present, including French striker Kylian Mbappé, wished Pelé well on social media.
“I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pelé wrote, sharing the latest medical report. “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,” he added. Pele’s daughter also reassured fans earlier this week, writing on Instagram on Tuesday: “Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. He is in the hospital regulating medication. There is no emergency or new dire prediction.”