Brazilian soccer icon Pele’s family have shared a Christmas photo as the sports legend continues to be treated at a hospital in Sao Paulo.
In a Dec. 24 Instagram post, Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento shared a photo of the icon’s family members at the Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital.
In the message shared late on Christmas Eve, Nascimento said: “Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, togetherness, family.
“The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for the love and light you send. In this crazy and amazing life I would be nothing without her. Merry Christmas today and always, merry everyone.”
Since the post was shared, it has garnered more than 10,875 likes and many commentators have praised Pele’s footballing achievements.
The doctors taking care of Pele, 82, have said his colon cancer is advanced and he needs care related to kidney and heart dysfunction, according to Reuters.
Pele’s family will remain in Sao Paulo hospital over the Christmas period to be with the football legend.
The former soccer player has been receiving treatment since September last year when the tumor was removed.
Edinho Nascimento, Pele’s son and a former player for Brazilian club Santos, also shared a photo of himself with his father on Instagram.
The picture, shared on Saturday, was captioned: “Father… my strength is yours.”
A photo of Nascimento holding her father in his hospital bed, uploaded the same day, read: “We carry on here and in faith. Another night together.”
news week asked Edinho Nascimento for a comment.
Pele is considered by many football analysts to be one of the best players to ever take the field.
Known for his quick wit and skill, Pele first came to global attention at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, when Brazil defeated the hosts and lifted the coveted trophy. Pele was also part of the Brazilian teams that won the cup in 1962 and 1970.
With an impressive 643 goals in 659 games, he remains Santos’ all-time leading scorer and has guided them to multiple trophies.
The Brazilian signed for the now-defunct original New York Cosmos in 1975 and scored 37 goals in 64 games for the club.
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