Pele: Brazil Football Legend Hospitalized Amid Cancer Battles

Pele: Brazil Football Legend Hospitalized Amid Cancer Battles

  • Brazil football 'god' Edson Arantes do Nascimento has been hospitalized with his health worsening as he battles cancer
  • Widely touted as the greatest footballer of all time, Pele has regularly been visiting hospitals for check-ups and has undergone chemotherapy for a colon tumour
  • However, Pele's daughter Kely Nascimento has assuaged the growing reports about the worsening health status of her dad

Edson Arantes do Nascimento affectionately called Pele has been taken to the hospital and his condition is reportedly worsening.

The Brazilian football legend was taken into hospital on Tuesday, November 29 in Sao Paulo, in a visit that was not scheduled.

He was taken into the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil by his wife Marcia Aoki and a caregiver on Tuesday, according to ESPN Brazil.

Pele, cancer battles, heartache
Pele has been admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo. Photo credit: @ESPN
Source: Twitter

However, Pele's daughter, Kely Nascimento took to the picture-sharing App, Instagram to allay fears of the severity of the issue following reports in the media of his dad's health.

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"Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad's health. He is in the hospital regulating the situation," Kely, the daughter of Pele wrote as quoted by Reuters.
"There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Year and promise to post some pictures."

When was Pele's tumour detected?

The 82-year-old three-time World Cup winner had a tumour removed from his colon in September last year and has since been in and out of the hospital for treatment on a regular basis.

Earlier this year Pele admitted the treatment was "difficult" but he was glad for his family by his side.

He said on Instagram in April: "The peace of being next to my dear wife, Marcia, and our inseparable companion, Cacau. Treatment is difficult, but feeling their love is the best medicine. Home Sweet Home."

It is also reported that a heart issue was also identified by doctors who examined him and he was 'very restless' when he arrived at the hospital. Additionally, he has been struggling to feed himself.

Who's the greatest: Pele vs Maradona

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that both Pele and Maradona have been regarded as the greatest players of all time, reflecting the bitter rivalry between their two countries.

They are magnificent legends who once dominated the competition. Both have impressive resumes and have competed in the prestigious World Cup.

Some argue that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two greatest footballers of all time, but neither has ever won the World Cup, which makes for an interesting debate.

Source: SportsBrief.com