Brazil Football hero Pele said he would be watching the Brazilian national team’s World Cup last-16 match against South Korea from a hospital, where the 82-year-old legend has been receiving treatment.
Following his hospitalization in Sao Paulo on Tuesday for what medical professionals believe to be a respiratory infection and a reassessment of his colon cancer treatment, fans all over the world have been concerned about the health of the footballer who is often regarded as the best of all time.
The only player to win three World Cups (1958, 1962, and 1970), Pele, wrote to the “Selecao” on Instagram as they got ready to play in Qatar: “I’ll watch the game from here at the hospital and I’ll be rooting for each one of you.”
In Stockholm, Sweden, he posted a fading color photo of himself at the age of 17, looking suave in a sweater and trousers as he prepared to dazzle the world with his supernatural talent in the first of Brazil’s five World Cup victories.
Pele had vowed to bring the World Cup trophy home one day after witnessing his player father sob when Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final at home to Uruguay eight years prior.
Pele wrote, “In 1958, I was traveling through the streets of Sweden thinking about keeping the commitment I made to my father.
“I am aware that many members of the national team made comparable commitments and are hoping to play in their first World Cup. I’m here to motivate you, my friends. We are traveling together on this trip. Wishing our Brazil luck”
He received treatment after being given the news that he had a colon tumor in September 2021 and had surgery to remove it.
According to medical professionals, antibiotics are currently being used to treat his respiratory infection.
His daughter Kely Arantes Nascimento revealed on Sunday that despite being completely immunized, Pele developed a Covid-19 infection three weeks ago that was the cause of the latest illness.
According to her and her sister Flavia, Pele’s family and physicians are sure that his health is not in jeopardy. They spoke to Brazilian TV network Globo about this.
Nascimento stated, “When he gets better, he’ll come home.”