Brazilian soccer legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé was hospitalized on Wednesday as his home nation gets ready to wrap up its group stage schedule at the World Cup later this week.
The revelation of Pelé’s hospitalization in São Paulo sparked concerned in the sports world, but his daughter tried to quell any fears. Kely Nascimento said he was in the hospital to regulate the medication in his fight against a colon tumor, and there was “no emergency” concerning her 82-year-old father.
“Really and truly, we appreciate the concern and love,” she said in the comments of an Instagram post.
According to ESPN Brasil, Pelé was taken to Hospital Albert Einstein due to “general swelling.”
Pelé had a tumor removed in September 2021 with the hospital saying he was starting chemotherapy. He has since used social media to deny he was in poor health with his last public comment coming on Oct. 23, his birthday.
“I just want to express my gratitude. Life is good. Turning 82 with my family, in good health, is the best gift. Thank you for everything I have received,” he said at the time.
Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. He helped Brazil to wins in the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and is the country’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches for the national team.
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