Pele, a Brazilian football legend, will be in hospital for Christmas after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Doctors believe he needs to be treated for renal and cardiac dysfunction.
Pele, age 82, is battling colon cancer and was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital Sao Paul on 29 November by doctors to review his treatment.
In an Instagram post, his daughter stated that he was greatly comforted by the support of his followers.
Kely Nascimento wrote, “Your love and support for him, your stories, and your prayers are a huge comfort because we know that we are not the only ones.”
“Let’s make this place a Sambadrome (just kidding), and let’s even make caipirinhas
At the beginning of December, relatives reported that Pele was being treated for a COVID-19-aggravated respiratory infection.
Pele, whose name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has since been in and out hospital for treatment on an ongoing basis.
In his fight against cancer, the football star has been receiving chemotherapy.
Many consider Pele to be the greatest player of football.
As a 17-year old, he burst onto the international scene at the 1958 World Cup. He helped Brazil achieve their first record five victories.
He was also a winner of the 1962 and 1970 World Cups together with the national team.