Pelé’s health ‘progressively improving’: hospital

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The Brazilian soccer team paid tribute to the legendary player Pelé after his stunning 4-1 victory over South Korea in the World Cup in Qatar – Copyright GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File ALEX WONG, Brendan Smialowski

Pele’s health is “progressively improving,” his doctors said Tuesday, a week after the 82-year-old Brazilian soccer legend was hospitalized in Sao Paulo amid ongoing treatment for colon cancer.

With the World Cup in full swing in Qatar, fans have been nervous about the health of the footballer considered by many the greatest of all time, who has been in fragile health in recent years.

He was hospitalized last Tuesday in Sao Paulo for what doctors called a “reassessment” of his chemotherapy treatments, which he has been undergoing since undergoing surgery in September 2021 to remove a colon tumor.

He was also diagnosed with a respiratory infection, which they are treating with antibiotics.

His family said it was the result of a Covid-19 infection that Pelé, who is fully vaccinated, contracted three weeks ago.

Pelé “continues to improve progressively, especially the respiratory infection,” his medical team said in a statement.

“He remains in a standard room, with stable vital signs, conscious and without new complications.”

“El Rey” received an emotional tribute on Tuesday from the Brazilian national team after they danced their way to a dazzling 4-1 win over South Korea at the World Cup, securing a place in the quarterfinals.

Neymar and the team returned to the pitch after the match with a banner that read “Pele!” featuring an image of the soccer icon celebrating Brazil’s 1970 World Cup championship, the third of the country’s record-breaking five titles.

Pelé, the only player in history to win three World Cups, had earlier posted a message to the team on Instagram, telling them he would cheer them on from the hospital.

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