The Pele family gathers in hospital during health problems

The Brazilian icon is being treated by doctors in Sao Paulo

Family members have gathered to spend Christmas at the bedside of Brazilian footballer Pele, as concerns continue to grow over his health.

Pele remains at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, where he was admitted in late November.

The 82-year-old is fighting colon cancer and had contracted Covid-19 before being taken to hospital.

One of Pele’s daughters, Kely Nascimento, shared a message on social media on Friday, posting a picture with her father in his hospital bed.

“We’re still here, fighting and with faith. Another night together.” read the attached message.

Another of the soccer icon’s daughters, Flavia Arantes do Nascimento, is also with them, while Pele’s son Edinho arrived with two of the soccer icon’s grandchildren, having traveled from more than 500km away.

“He (Edson) is here,” Kely Nascimento wrote along with a photo she shared.

Pele was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 2021.

Doctors have been wary of his condition, but last week said the disease had progressed, ending any hopes he could be released by Christmas.

The three-time winner of the World Cup “requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions,” according to a statement from the hospital.

Pele’s apparently deteriorating condition has led to an outpouring of support from the football world.

The Brazilian team displayed a banner with his name and image on it during matches at the World Cup in – a gesture matched by fans in the stands.

Pele, whose birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is widely regarded as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

He gained global fame as a teenager when he helped win the 1958 World Cup in – a title they would defend four years later in . Pele won his third World Cup in in 1970.

At club level, Pele won a string of titles with Brazilian giants Santos before ending his career at the New York Cosmos.

Pele scored 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil. His career total is disputed due to a lack of official records, although he is said to have scored more than 1,200 goals.





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