“I’m strong, I have a lot of hope and I’m continuing my treatment as usual,” Pelé wrote on Instagram. The 82-year-old Brazilian published a medical bulletin from the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo. It is assured: Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Pelé’s real name – is “in a stable condition”.
Media reports had previously made the rounds that Pelé was only receiving palliative care. The cancer treatment had been suspended, it said. Football stars like Frenchman Kylian Mbappé then called for prayer for the “king”. In Doha, in the World Cup host country Qatar, an image of Pelé wishing him well was projected onto the facades of several buildings.
“Calm and positive”
The three-time soccer world champion (1958, 1962, 1970) asked his fans to stay “calm and positive”. He also thanked everyone for the get well wishes from all over the world. These would have given him “a lot of strength”.
Pelé – here a photo from 2019 – played 92 caps for Brazil
Pelé is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. In recent years he has repeatedly struggled with health problems.
He was taken to the hospital again on Tuesday this week. Doctors gave the reason for this as a “review” of the chemotherapy with which he has been treated since colon cancer surgery in September last year. There was also a recent respiratory infection.
wa/bru (afp, dpa)