Pele: “Messages of support and watching Brazil at the World Cup give me energy”
Brazilian soccer legend Pele assured fans around the world that he is “strong and full of hope” as he continues his treatment journey at a hospital in Sao Paulo.
In a statement released on Saturday, Pele said messages of support and watching Brazil’s World Cup games gave him “energy”.
Earlier, the hospital announced that Pele “is still receiving treatment and his condition remains stable.”
Following is a report from ESPN in Brazil that Pele was placed in end-of-life care after failing to respond to chemotherapy.
In a statement via Instagram, Pele said: “My friends, I want everyone to enjoy calm and optimism… I am strong, hopeful and continuing my treatment journey as usual. I want to thank the entire medical team for all the care they have given me over the top.”
Pele added: “My faith in God is great and every love letter I receive from you from all over the world fills me with energy, which I also get from watching Brazil World Cup matches!”
Pele concluded his statement by saying, “Thank you for everything.”
Pele, 82, a three-time world champion, has been in the hospital since Tuesday and on Thursday evening he said it was a “routine monthly visit”.
In September 2021, Pele underwent surgery to remove a polyp in his colon.
A statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital on Saturday said Pele “responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection.”
The statement added that Pele had undergone a “chemotherapy reevaluation.”
Pele was diagnosed with a respiratory infection. The hospital said on Friday that his condition was stable.
On Saturday, the new statement said Pele’s condition had not deteriorated in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, messages poured in from around the world in support of the Brazilian legend.
England captain Harry Kane said on Saturday: “We are saddened to hear the news of his illness but we wish him health. Not only do I hope so, but all of England. He’s an inspiration, an extraordinary personality.”
On the sidelines of the World Cup coverage, Jürgen Klinsmann told the BBC on Saturday: “Pele is a wonderful person. He is an exceptional figure in the world of football. We can only pray for him the best.”
As former Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta told the BBC: “Very sad to hear about Pele (illness). He has always been a true inspiration to all of us, on and off the pitch. He was always a great man.”
Taking to Twitter, French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted: “Pray for the king.”
Qatar, which now hosts the World Cup, showed its support for Brazilian legend Pele on Saturday by illuminating buildings with the message “Wishes for a speedy recovery”.
The Lusail Stadium in Doha, which will host the World Cup final scheduled for December 18, was also decorated and the Torch Tower near Khalifa Stadium was adorned with images of Brazilian legend Pele wearing his famous jersey No. 10 wears.
In a tweet on Twitter, Brazilian club Santos, for which Pele played, said: “The whole world wishes you safety, King Pele.”
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