Past and present soccer stars have been wishing Pelé well online after local media reports in Brazil that his health has worsened.
The news comes during the World Cup in Qatar, drawing the soccer world’s attention to one of the sport’s icons.
The 82-year-old Pelé, who is one of the greatest players of all time, was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment after he had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021.
Pelé thanked fans on Instagram Thursday for the positive messages and “good vibes” he had received.
While Pelé, who helped Brazil win three World Cup titles – in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – has suffered health issues in recent years, he has remained active on social media.
FIFA also posted a video of a drone tribute to the icon Friday. The drones depicted Pelé’s iconic No. 10 jersey and then spelled out “Pelé get well soon.”
England captain Harry Kane sent his thoughts to Brazilian football legend Pelé amid concerns over his health.
Kane called Pelé an “inspiration amongst our game, an incredible footballer, an incredible person.”
Paris Saint-Germain and French national team forward Kylian Mbappé urged his Twitter followers on Saturday to “Pray for the King” – a reference to the Brazil great’s nickname – tagging Pelé in his tweet.
Meanwhile, Brazilian soccer star Vinicius Jr., who is playing for the national team at Qatar 2022, and former Brazil great Rivaldo also posted on social media to urge the legend to “stay strong.”