Football legend Pele was admitted to the hospital last week. The admission was supposed to be a procedural check up on the ‘King of Football’s’ ongoing treatment of colon cancer.
Pele Stopped Responding To Chemotherapy?
Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) was diagnosed with colon cancer in September, 2021. Brazilian news outlets reported that the Brazilian legend stopped responding to his ongoing chemotherapy procedures. The 82-year-old Pele was then reportedly shifted to end-of-life care. This understandably alarmed the entirety of the football world. Prayers and tributes poured in. France national team’s star footballer Kylian Mbappe was among the plethora of football players who tweeted their tribute to Pele, the King of Football.
Hospital Updates on the Health of Pele
Amidst gloomy speculations, the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein provided a positive updated. The hospital stated, “He is still undergoing treatment, and his state of health remains stable. He has also had a good response to respiratory infection care, with no worsening of the condition in the last 24 hours.” The media speculations were left unacknowledged by the hospital.
Pele Himself, Gave An Update
Pele didn’t want Brazilians and football fans to worry over his health. He took to his social media handle to calm a few nerves. He said, “My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I’m strong, with a lot of hope, and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received.” Additionally, Pele acknowledged and appreciated the positive messages and love he received from various corners of the world. “I have a lot of faith in God, and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And, watching Brazil in the World Cup too! Thank you so much for everything,” he further added.
A Man of Records
Pele is Brazil’s all-time highest scorer, with an impressive 77 goals in 92 international football matches. Presently, he’s the 11th highest scorer in international football. Furthermore, he’s the only player to have won three World Cup titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970. If that isn’t impressive enough, he’s the youngest ever to score a World Cup hat-trick and to ever win a World Cup (at age 17, in 1956). The King also boasts of the record of the most number of assists in the history of the World Cup.
Pele’s Brazil plays South Korea today in a Round-Of-16 encounter in the ongoing 2022 Qatar World Cup.
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