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30th Nov 2022

Brazil legend Pele rushed to hospital

Charlie Herbert

Pele rushed to hospital

His condition has been described as ‘debilitated’

Legendary Brazil star Pele has been rushed to hospital after his health reportedly deteriorated.

According to ESPN Brasilia, the 82-year-old was admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo with swelling all over his body.

Pele, who is currently undergoing treatment for metastatic cancer, went into the Albert Einstein hospital on Tuesday in what was an unscheduled visit after being taken by his wife Marcia Aokoi and a carer.

Medical staff at the hospital confirmed his condition of anasarca (general swelling), an edemigemic syndrome (general edema) and even identified ‘decompensated heart failure’.

ESPN Brasilia have described the former footballer’s condition as “debilitated.”

It is also reported that the chemotherapy treatment he is undergoing for cancer is no longer working, and that he was diagnosed with mental confusion upon entering the hospital, where he was restless.

He is due to undergo tests to assess the seriousness of the medical issues detected.

But Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento, who is not in Brazil with her father, has tried to ease concerns over her father’s health by saying there is “no emergency.”

She wrote in a post on Instagram: “Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health. He is in the hospital regulating medication.

“There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Years and promise to post some pictures.”

Officials at the hospital have not commented on his health, and while his wife Marcia did confirm the Brazil icon was in hospital, she implied it is only for his standard chemotherapy and check-ups.

Pele’s agent Joe Fraga said he did not have an update on the former Brazil forward’s status, MailOnline reports.

The Brazilian is widely considered to be as one of, if not the, greatest footballers in history and is the only player to win three World Cups.

He scored 655 goals in 700 club career games, while he also netted 77 times in 92 caps for Brazil.

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