According to the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, the 82-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento is no longer responding to chemotherapy after a long battle with colon cancer- adding that chemotherapy had now been suspended and that Pele was under palliative care, being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breathe.
Pelé thanked fans in an Instagram post late Thursday for the well-wishes he’s received in a fight against cancer. He had a colon tumor removed in September 2021 and has since gone through chemotherapy.
Neither the hospital nor his family has said whether the former footballer’s cancer has spread to other organs. He has checked in with the hospital every month.
Kely Nascimento, one of Pelé’s daughters, extended her father’s thankful message to Qatar and Brazil coach Tite, who sent positive messages to the former footballer.
ESPN Brasil reported on Wednesday that Pele was taken to hospital because of “general swelling.”
Brazilian fans showed their support for Pele during the national team’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon at the World Cup on Friday.
Fans in Qatar displayed a banner with the image of Pele holding a soccer ball behind one of the goals at Lusail Stadium.
They also opened a large flag with an image of the Brazil great and the words: “Pele. Get well soon.” One fan in the stands held up a jersey with a photo of Pele on it.
Another large image of Pele could be seen on a building near the venue, along with the messages “get well soon” and “we love Pele.”
Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is the only player in history to win three World Cup titles, helping Brazil to trophies the 1958, 1962 and 1970. He remains the team’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.