Pele spends Christmas in hospital because cancer is getting worse


(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019, great Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, arrives at Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos a few miles from Sao Paulo. , Brazil about 25 km. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP)

The medical team and his family said on Wednesday the great Pele of Brazilian football will spend Christmas in hospital, as he is treated for his growing cancer as well as medical problems. kidney and heart.

The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said the 82-year-old “needs more care regarding renal and cardiac dysfunction”.

It also reported on the “progress” of his cancer, but said Pele was not in intensive care.

Considered by many to be the greatest football player of all time, Pele was hospitalized in Sao Paulo on November 29 to have his medical team reassess the chemotherapy treatments he had received. since surgery to remove a colon tumor in September 2021.

Doctors also diagnosed Pele – whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento – with a respiratory infection.

Earlier this month, Pele’s two daughters, Kely Nascimento and Flavia Arantes, sought to reassure fans of his health, dismissing reports that Pele was in hospice care as supporters organized a prayer session outside the hospital.

They said Wednesday on Instagram that they will spend Christmas with their father at the hospital.

They wrote: “Christmas at our house 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 this new family at Einstein is giving us!!”

Accompanied by a photo of them smiling, the sisters thanked fans for their support of Pele and wished them a happy festive season.

“We will turn this room into a Sambodrome (just kidding), we will even make caipirinha (no joke!!),” they joke, referring to the famous Brazilian cocktail.

I promise to update next week.


Pele shone from an early age and won the 1958 World Cup like a hurricane at the age of 17, scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final and two more goals in the final, expanding his own career and initiated the football dynasty of the Brazilian national team. .

Pele has scored more than 1,000 goals in one of the most famous careers in sports. He is the only player in history to have won the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970).

In recent years, the man known as the “King” has faced declining health and his public appearances have become increasingly rare.

He has dealt with his illness with his signature humour, remaining active on social media.

Pele regularly posted during the Qatar World Cup, including a congratulatory message to captain Lionel Messi after Argentina won the top prize.

“Congratulations Argentina! Diego (Maradona, died November 25, 2020) is probably smiling,” he wrote.

Pele also from the hospital watched the star player Neymar equal the record of 77 goals with “Selecao”.

Pele has been receiving messages from well-wishers around the world, recently also from France striker Kylian Mbappe, who appealed to fans earlier this month to “pray for the King”.

Along with Mbappe, Pele made his last public appearance, in April 2019, in Paris, for a promotional event.

World Cup host Qatar also showed its support for Pele, lighting up buildings with the message “Get well soon”.


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