Brazilan football great, Pele’s health condition has reportedly worsened as he continued his stay in hospital to undergo treatment in order to regulate his cancer, doctors said on Wednesday. In a statement posted by The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, it was stated that Pele’s cancer had gotten to an advanced stage and that the 82-year-old Brazilian football great is under “elevated care” related to “kidney and cardiac dysfunctions.”
The hospital did not comment on any signs of the three-time World Cup winner’s recent respiratory infection, which was made worse by COVID-19.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, affectionately known worldwide as Pele, has been in and out of hospital for quite some time, and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy as part of his cancer treatment following the removal of a colon tumour in September 2021. Neither his family nor the hospital has made it clear whether cancer had spread to other organs. One of his daughters, Kely Nascimento has confirmed that her father will spend Christmas in the hospital.
“We decided with doctors that, for many reasons, it will be best for us to stay here, with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us,” She posted on her Instagram account. Pele inspired Brazil to victory at the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and only until recently was the country’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals, before being usurped by Neymar at the World Cup in Qatar.
Several goodwill wishes and messages were sent to the former footballer during the Qatar tournament, which was won by Argentina on Sunday.