Legendary soccer star Pele’s health has taken a turn for the worse, according to reports from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
Local doctors have confirmed that his cancer has advanced and he is currently receiving “elevated care” for kidney and heart issues.
Pele’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, shared an update on Tuesday, saying that the family will remain with him at the hospital in Sao Paulo over the Christmas holiday.
She expressed gratitude for the love they have received from all around the world.
“Your love for him and your stories and prayers are a HUGE comfort because we know we are not alone.”
“We are going to turn this room into a Sambódromo (just kidding), we will even make caipirinhas (not kidding!!).”
“We wish everyone who celebrates a Christmas that filled with family, full of children, some fighting 🤷🏽 ♀️ and TONS of Love and Health !!”
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been the subject of conflicting reports surrounding his health after Kely, a representative of the three-time World Cup champion, denied last month that he was experiencing complications during chemotherapy.
The 78-year-old is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time, having won the World Cup in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
Fans around the world are hoping for a speedy recovery for Pele.