Pele, considered the greatest soccer player ever, continues to have regular monthly hospital visits after having a tumor taken out of his colon. Reuters


  • Pele was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia, but the condition is not dire according to his daughter
  • Pele thanks Qatar and well-wishers for their thoughts and well-wishes
  • Pele continues to visit the hospital monthly since having a tumor removed from his colon

Brazilian football great Pele, whose birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was reportedly diagnosed with bronchopneumonia according to sources.

This was found after new tests were done on the 82-year-old soccer great on Thursday, December 1 at the Albert Einstein Hospital, according to ESPN Brazil.

"Edson Arantes do Nascimento was hospitalized at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein yesterday (29) for a reevaluation of the chemotherapy treatment for the colon tumor identified in September 2021," the Albert Einstein Hospital said in a released statement.

"After a medical evaluation, the patient was taken to a common room, with no need for admission to a semi-intensive unit or ICU. The former player is in full control of vital functions and stable clinical condition."

It was on Tuesday, November 29 when Pele was hospitalized in Sao Paulo to regulate the medication in his fight against a colon tumor according to his daughter, Kelly Nascimento.

However, she added that there is no emergency concern surrounding the state of health of her father.

She posted the statement via Instagram on Wednesday, November 30.

It was in September 2021 when Pele spent time in intensive care to have a tumor removed from his colon.

Since then, he has visited the hospital multiple times for treatment.

Nascimento, however, assured the fans of the legend that her father was not in a "dire" status.

"Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad's health. He is in the hospital regulating medication," Nascimento said. "There is no emergency or new dire prediction. I will be there for New Year and promise to post some pictures."

On Thursday, no less than Pele himself posted something on Instagram and thanking soccer fans and a tribute put up by Qatar that read "Get well soon."

"Friends, I am at the hospital making my monthly visit," he posted on social media. "It's always nice to receive positive messages like this. Thanks to Qatar for this tribute, and to everyone who sends me good vibes!"

Also, an unnamed source confirmed to ESPN Brazil that Pele is receiving antibiotics for bronchopneumonia.

The source also allegedly added that the retired Brazilian soccer player was having cardiac issues and his medical staff showed concern that his chemotherapy treatment was not having the expected results.

Legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele poses for a portrait during an interview in New York, U.S., April 26, 2016.
Legendary Brazilian soccer player Pele was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia but his daughter says it is not dire. Reuters / Lucas Jackson