Brazil had a beautiful tribute to their legendary footballer Pele following their impressive win against South Korea.
The 82-year-old, who won the World Cup in his career three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was admitted to hospital to treat a respiratory infection that was aggravated by Covid.
Brazil scored 4-1 against the team and dedicated their win to the legend was watched the match while still in the hospital.
Pele’s Health Update: Battling COVID and Lung Infection Amid Cancer Treatment
Pele was reportedly moved to end-of-life care yesterday, sparking fears about his health going forward as he has been battling bowel cancer since September 2021. The reports read that the chemotherapy being used to help treat the Brazilian had ceased to work.
However, his hospitalization has nothing to do with that illness, with his daughters confirming he’s being treated for a lung infection caused by Covid.
Hist daughters explained the situation before it got out of hand as some were already claiming the legend was dead.
Speaking to Fantastico, Kely explained: ‘About three weeks ago he got Covid. He is vaccinated, with all the vaccines, but because of the cancer medicine, the chemotherapy, which is fragile, he got a lung infection.
‘That’s why he went to the hospital, because of the lung infection. Is he serious? It’s serious, because he’s a certain age, he’s treating cancer.’
Flavia went on to explain how the hospital was the best place for Pele to get the care he needed but insisted the 82-year-old was ‘not in the ICU’.
She said: ‘At the hospital, he is better assisted. But he’s not in the ICU, he’s in a normal room. So he’s not at risk. As a person with a more delicate health, it is better to be in the hospital.’
Kely added: ‘People send me their condolences (on social networks). I say I’m going to put the phone down and I’m not going to answer anyone.
‘I just feel like I have to respond to people. Not to tell everything, but to say that it is not like that. We are not rushing there to say goodbye.