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‘O Rei’ Pelé Worsens As His Family Gathers In Hospital


Carlos Medrano Araujo

December 27, 2022

 Pele holding the World Cup by Getty Images

The football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, worldly known as Pelé, continues to be hospitalized at the Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 82-year-old is globally considered one of the greatest football players in history. Sadly, the legendary winner of three FIFA World Cups (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, and Mexico 1970) has been hospitalized since late November, leaving not only his family but also all football fans somber.

Pelé was surgically intervened in September 2021 to remove a tumor from his colon. Ever since his admittance to the hospital due to a respiratory infection, his condition has only worsened. Doctors said during Christmas week that Pelé’s cancer had advanced, and he was in “elevated care” due to “kidney and cardiac dysfunctions.” No other statement has been released from the hospital.

Pelé’s family has gathered in the hospital. The last member to join was Pelé’s son, Edson Cholbi Nascimento, also known as Edinho, the former goalkeeper for Santos and Londrina Sporte Clube’s head coach. He posted on Instagram a picture of his father and himself holding hands with the message: “Father... my strength is yours.”


During FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022, several players also send messages to Pele, wishing him a full recovery. France’s superstar Kylian Mbappé wrote on Twitter: "Pray for the king." Meanwhile, Rodrygo, a young talent of the “Canarinha” Brazil’s National Football Team, wrote: “Strength, King @Pele! Praying and cheering for your recovery!”

Another Brazilian legend, the former Golden Ball receiver in 1999, Rivaldo also wrote on Twitter: “Strength King @Pele.”

Kely Nascimento, Pele’s daughter thanked everyone’s messages for his father’s health recovery and wished everyone happy holidays in a post on Instagram:

“Merry Christmas.

Gratitude, love, togetherness, family. The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for all the love and light you send.”


Kely has also stated that nobody can take her away from her father’s side.

Pelé’s health has been a concern for the vast majority of Brazilians, along with his family and players who admired him. The newspaper Folha do Sao Paulo reported that Pele’s chemotherapy was not working, and the doctors were placing him in palliative care. Nonetheless, his health was deteriorating.



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