Pele has issued a statement following his move to palliative care, stating that he is ‘strong with a lot of hope’.

The legendary footballer was moved to receive end-of-life care on Saturday after failing to respond to chemotherapy – a treatment he has been receiving since being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2021.

Many had feared the worst after this news broke, but fears were tempered slightly by a statement from the hospital Pele is currently in which said: “Edson Arantes do Nascimento was admitted to the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein last Tuesday for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy of the colon tumour, identified in September 2021.

“He is still undergoing treatment and the state of health remains stable. He has also had a good response to respiratory infection care, with no worsening of the condition in the last 24 hours.”

Following said statement, Pele has taken to Instagram to provide his own update and thank his fans across the world for their well wishes.

“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received.

“I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And watching Brazil in the World Cup too! Thank you so much for everything.”


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