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Brazil football legend Pele to spend Christmas in hospital as cancer advances

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Brazil football legend Pele to spend Christmas in hospital as cancer advances

LEGENDS. Brazil's Neymar carries a banner of former Brazil player Pele after the match

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Brazilian footballer Pele - widely considered one of the greatest of all time - will spend Christmas in Sao Paulo hospital care due to advancing cancer hampering renal and cardiac functions

Brazilian football legend Pele’s cancer has advanced and he requires care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction, according to a medical report, and his family said he would remain in a Sao Paulo hospital over Christmas.

Widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, the 82-year-old has been hospitalized in the Albert Einstein hospital since late November as doctors reevaluate his treatment and tend to a respiratory infection.

Pele has received regular medical treatment since a tumor was removed from his colon in September last year.

“Our Christmas at home has been suspended,” his daughter Kely Nascimento said on Instagram, thanking people for their support.

“We decided with the doctors that, for various reasons, it would be better for us to stay here with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us,” she said in the post.

Following Argentina’s win in the FIFA World Cup final, Pele posted a picture on social media of their team lifting the trophy, and hailed performances from squad leader Lionel Messi, France’s rising star Kylian Mbappe, and surprise semi-finalists Morocco.

“Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way,” he said. “What a gift it was to watch this spectacle of the future of our sport.”

Brazilian players had during a quarter-final in Qatar unfurled a massive banner on the pitch with an image of the soccer great during his 1970 World Cup win. It simply read: “Pele!” – Rappler.com

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