STORY: Football legend Pele was not transferred to intensive care.
That’s according to his family, who denied rumors that the star was in the hospital after he was hospitalized for colon cancer a week earlier.
One of the greatest football players of all time and winner of three world championships, Pelé played for Brazil and the Santos and New York Cosmos clubs as a striker. In September 2021, he had a tumor removed from his colon and is receiving regular inpatient treatment.
Pele’s daughter told Brazil’s Globo TV channel on Sunday that while Pelé feels “fragile” due to chemo, they don’t want fans to think he’s dying.
“He is sick, he is old, but he is currently being treated for a respiratory infection and when he gets better, he will return home.”
The tower near the Khalifa International Stadium at the World Cup in Doha lit up on Saturday with Pele’s message of recovery. Some of his fans have gathered outside the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, where he is being treated. Longtime fan Ciro Santos wishes Pele a speedy recovery.
“He is expected to be fine, we know this is a somewhat delicate situation, so the least we can do as supporters of Santos is to give him credit for his recovery and know that we are here to support him.” when it’s always like that.”
The medical staff of the hospital said that Pele is in a stable condition and is responding well to treatment.