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‘He is not saying goodbye’ – relatives of Pele give update on Brazil legend’s health

Pele’s relatives have confirmed that the 82-year old is not at imminent danger of death.

According to two daughters and one grandchild of the Brazilian player, the three-time World Cup champion was admitted to hospital Tuesday due to a respiratory infection caused by COVID-19.

Flavia and Kely Nascimento, as well as Arthur Arantes do Nacimento, stated in Sunday’s interview that Peele is currently undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer. He is expected to leave Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after he has fully recovered from his infection.

They also stated that the 82-year old is not at imminent danger of death.


He is not only old, but he is also sick. He is currently there due to a lung infection. He will feel better and he will return home,” Kely Nascimento said to TV Globo.

She said, “He isn’t saying goodbye in hospital at the moment.”

Image: Pele, after winning over Italy in 1970, holds the World Cup. Pic: AP

According to the hospital, Pele is doing well and has not had any changes in his health over the past 24 hours.

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Edson Arantes do Nacimento is a global celebrity known as Pele. He had a colon tumor removed in September 2021. However, neither his family nor hospital has said if it had spread.

Flavia Nascimento stated: “It’s very unfair for people say he’s at the end of his lives, in palliative medicine. It’s false, guys. She said, “Believe us.” He is not in intensive, he is in a regular room. He is not at risk; he is receiving treatment.

According to the Associated Press, Folha de Sao Paulo, a newspaper, reported that Pele’s chemotherapy wasn’t working and that doctors decided to give him palliative care.

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Pele thanked fans from hospital

“One day it will be – not now”

Image Pele celebrating scoring at the 1970 World Cup Mexico

Arthur Arantes do Nascimento claimed that the footballer was discussing World Cup matches by phone with him, which he believes proves he is fully conscious in hospital.

He stated that his grandfather was touched by the many tributes from all over the world to him in the last few days.

Around 100 Santos fans gathered at the Santos stadium on Saturday to pay their respects and offer prayers.

“I hear people saying to me, “rest in peace” (for Pele). He said that it would happen one day, but not right now. He is going to be fine, it is only a matter of time. He will help Brazil win the sixth title.”

Pele was instrumental in Brazil’s victories at the 1962, 1970 and 1958 World Cups. He is still the all-time top scorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 92 matches.


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