Messages Of Support From Across Football For Brazil Icon, Pele

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Messages of support have been received from all around the world to Brazil’s great Pele, who is being treated at a hospital.

On Tuesday, the 82-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo, claiming it was a usual monthly visit.

However, according to a report in Brazil, which has not been confirmed by the BBC, he is now receiving end-of-life care after failing to respond to chemotherapy.

“Pray for the King,” France forward Kylian Mbappe tweeted. 

In September 2021, a tumor in his colon was removed, and he has since undergone regular treatment.

Pele was diagnosed with a respiratory infection and was declared stable by Sao Paulo’s Hospital Albert Einstein on Friday.

England captain Harry Kane stated on Saturday: “We are devastated to learn of his illness, but we wish him well on behalf of the entire England team. He’s an inspiration and a wonderful person.”

Jurgen Klinsmann, former Germany forward and World Cup winner, said on BBC One’s World Cup coverage on Saturday: “Pele is a truly wonderful person. The world’s greatest football personality. We can only pray and hope for the best, but this is heartbreaking news.”

Pablo Zabaleta, a former Argentina defender, said on BBC One: “It’s heartbreaking to hear about Pele. On and off the field, he’s been a great inspiration to all of us. He’s always been a wonderful dude.”

Qatar, the World Cup host country, showed its support for Pele on Saturday by lighting up buildings with the words “Get well soon.”

The Lusail Stadium in Doha, which will host the World Cup final on December 18, and the Aspire Tower, which is located next to the Khalifa Stadium, were both adorned with images of Pele wearing his famous number 10 shirt.

Concerns were raised on Wednesday when ESPN Brasil reported Pele had been admitted, despite his daughter Kely Nascimento saying there was “no emergency.”

Pele thanked well-wishers on Friday for sending “good vibes” and said his stay in hospital was “a routine visit”.

The former striker is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games and scored in four World Cup tournaments.

Santos, his only Brazilian club, tweeted: “It’s the whole world wishing you well, King Pele”.

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