Brazil's soccer icon Pelé's health is deteriorating drastically
Created: 12/22/2022, 9:05 am
By: Johannes Skiba
As announced by Pelé's doctors in São Paulo, the 82-year-old's health has continued to deteriorate.
São Paulo – The dream after the “Hexa”, the sixth world championship title at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ended for the Brazilian national team in the quarter-finals against Croatia.
For the Selecão, the tournament was always accompanied by the state of health of the nation's greatest football icon, Pelé, who cheered on him from his sickbed.
However, his great wish for the Brazilian triumph in Qatar remained unfulfilled.
The triple world champion from 1958, 1962 and 1970 fell ill with colon cancer in September 2021.
In the past few weeks, concerns about the health of the record player, who has been in the hospital for several weeks, have increased.
The doctors at the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, where the 82-year-old is staying, have now announced that his health has deteriorated drastically.
Pelé also spends Christmas in the hospital
On Wednesday evening, the hospital announced that the cancer was progressing.
In addition, the doctors reported "kidney and heart dysfunction".
However, Pelé is "still in a normal room where he receives the necessary care."
One of the greatest football players in history: Pelé © Patrasso/imago
A few minutes before the hospital's announcement, two of Pelé's daughters, Kely Nascimento and Flavia Arantas, posted on Instagram that their father will not leave the hospital at Christmas either: "Our Christmas at home fell through.
We have decided with the doctors that for various reasons it is better to stay here, with all the care of our new family.”
Pelé: Football despite poor health
Despite his poor health, Pelé's passion for football is undiminished.
During the tournament in Qatar, he published messages to the Brazilian national team via his social media channels, and most recently congratulations to world champions Argentina and Kylian Mbappe, who scored three goals in the World Cup final.
He also had words of praise for superstar Neymar, who equaled Pelé's goal record of 77 goals in the Brazilian national team: "My record was set almost 50 years ago and nobody has been able to match it to this day.
You did it, boy?” The Selecão, on the other hand, displayed a banner with the name of their football king, who shaped and changed football, after the round of 16 against South Korea.