82-year old Brazil legend Pelé has reportedly been moved to end-of-life care after he stopped responding to chemotherapy treatment for bowel cancer.
He was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment and later diagnosed with a respiratory infection, according to medical reports.
Folha de S. Paulo reported that chemotherapy had now been suspended and that Pelé was under palliative care, being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, Brazil icon Rivaldo and current Selecao star Vinicius Junior have taken to social media to wish him well following the news.
Mbappe tweeted: ‘Pray for the King’, while Rivaldo and Vinicius Jr simply added ‘Strength King’ on their social media pages. Vinicius’ Real Madrid and Brazil team-mate posted on Friday saying: ‘Strength, King Pele! Praying and rooting for your recovery!’
Brazil manager Tite and the national team’s players had wished the national icon ‘all the best’ after his admission to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday.
He had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital treatment on a regular basis.