PELE has broken his silence after being placed in end-of-life care, insisting he remains “full of energy”.
The Brazilian legend, 82, who won the World Cup with his country three times from 1958 to 1970, was hospitalized earlier this week after failing to respond to chemotherapy while battling colon cancer.
But now he has given fans a positive update about his health.
And he even took the time to urge football fans to see the current Brazil team at the World Cup in Qatar.
Taking to social media, he said: “My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive.
“I am strong, full of hope and following my treatment as usual.
“I would like to thank the entire medical and nursing team for the care I received.
“I have great faith in God and every message of love I receive from you around the world keeps me energized. And also to see Brazil at the World Cup!
“Thank you for everything. 🙏🏾.”
Pele is treated in a palliative care unit designed to relieve pain and improve the quality of life of critically ill people.
Some of football’s biggest names have spoken out about the legendary sportsman since his poor health was reported earlier this week.
England captain Harry Kane said: “First and foremost we send our best wishes to him and all his family.
“He’s an inspiration for our game, an incredible footballer, an incredible person and hearing those words from him back then for me.
“I always feel like someone who is always learning and learning and he was spot on with some advice.
“Sad to hear this news but we wish him well, not just me and the entire English setup.”
French superstar Kylian Mbappe also paid tribute, tweeting: “Pray for the king.”
And Brazilians Rivaldo and Vinicius Jr. added “Strength King” to their social media channels.
Pele is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
In addition to his three World Cup victories, he scored 643 goals in 659 official games for the Santos club.
This incredible record came on top of his 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil.
He has been battling his condition since he was diagnosed with a tumor in his colon in August last year.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6834790/pele-brazil-legend-world-cup-health/ Pele makes statement after being placed in end-of-life care and says Brazil’s World Cup run keeps him ‘energized’