Brazilian soccer legend, Pele, remains in the hospital with no plan for discharge according to health reports released yesterday.

Pele, 82, was admitted to the hospital late last month to evaluate his colon cancer. The former soccer player was diagnosed with the illness in September 2021. He is reportedly also being treated for a respiratory infection.

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Rumors circulated earlier this month that Pele’s condition was worsening. He took to Instagram to assure fans that he’s “strong” and “has a lot of hope.”

“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” he captioned a photo of a written statement from his medical staff.

“I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy,” he wrote. “And watch Brazil in the World Cup too!”

“He has shown good response to the respiratory infection care, not showing any worsening of his condition in the last 24 hours,” doctors said according to the statement.

Pele is considered one of the best soccer players of all time and FIFA has labeled him “the greatest.” When he first emerged as a star in the 1958 World Cup, he became one of the first black global sports stars and inspired countless young athletes to pursue the sport.

Brazil has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after losing to Croatia in the quarterfinal on Friday.

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