PELE will spend Christmas in hospital as his cancer worsesns, according to reports.
And his daughter pleaded for fans to pray for the three-time World Cup winner’s health during this troubling time.
The Brazilian football legend, 82, has been suffering with colon cancer since September 2021.
He was readmitted into hospital in November for treatment on a respiratory infection aggravated by Covid-19.
It was then confirmed he had been moved into palliative end-of-life care as his body stopped responding to chemotherapy.
And an update from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening confirmed the icon is still under the watchful eye of nurses and doctors.
Now, as reported by Sky News, he is not expected to be released before Christmas Day on Sunday.
The latest statement from medics said: “Admitted since November 29 for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy for colon tumour and treatment of a respiratory infection, Edson Arantes do Nascimento [Pele] presents progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions.
“The patient remains hospitalised in a common room, under the necessary care of the medical team.”
Pele’s daughter begged for the tens of millions of fans to rally around the former forward.
Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram: “Your love for him, your stories and your prayers are a HUGE comfort because we know we are not alone.
“Let’s turn this room into a Sambadrome (just kidding), let’s even make caipirinhas (not kidding!!).”
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