Brazil soccer star Pele to spend Christmas in hospital as cancer advances

22 December 2022 - 08:29
By Reuters
Brazilian soccer legend Pele
Image: CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / REUTERS Brazilian soccer legend Pele

Brazilian soccer legend Pele's cancer has advanced and he requires care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction, according to a medical report, and his family said he would remain in a Sao Paulo hospital over Christmas.

Widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, the 82-year-old has been hospitalised in the Albert Einstein hospital since late November as doctors re-evaluate his treatment and tend to a respiratory infection.

Pele has received regular medical treatment since a tumour was removed from his colon in September last year.

“Our Christmas at home has been suspended,” his daughter Kely Nascimento said on Instagram, thanking people for their support.

“We decided with the doctors that, for various reasons, it would be better for us to stay here with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us,” she said in the post.

After Argentina's win in Sunday's World Cup final, Pele posted a picture on social media of their team lifting the trophy and hailed performances from squad leader Lionel Messi, France's rising star Kylian Mbappe, and surprise semi-finalists Morocco.

“Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way,” he said. “What a gift it was to watch this spectacle of the future of our sport.”

Brazilian players had during a quarterfinal in Qatar unfurled a huge banner on the pitch with an image of the soccer great during his 1970 World Cup win. It simply read: “Pele!”