Former Brazilian football great Pele is responding well to treatment for a respiratory infection and his condition has not worsened in the last 24 hours. Albert Einstein Hospital gave this information on Saturday. Legendary player Pele, 82, has been hospitalized since Tuesday. In a statement posted on Instagram, Pele said, “I am very optimistic and strong and going through the treatment as usual. I would like to thank the entire medical and nursing team for taking care of me.
He said, “I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I get from all over the world fills me with energy. And also watch Brazil play in the World Cup.” Messages of good health have poured in from around the world for three-time World Cup winner Pele, who is also undergoing treatment for cancer. Pele’s daughter Kelly Nascimento posted several photos on Instagram of Brazilian fans in Qatar greeting her father with flags and banners. Messages in support of the former footballer were also displayed on buildings in the West Asian country. Brazil will face South Korea in the World Cup round of 16 on Monday.
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Pelé helped Brazil win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and is the team’s all-time top scorer with 77 goals in 92 appearances. Albert Einstein Hospital said on Friday that Pele is being given antibiotics to treat the infection and is also undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Pele had a colon tumor removed in September 2021. His real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His family or the hospital have not said whether the cancer has spread to other organs.