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World football legend, Edson Arantes de Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, is probably fighting the last battle of his life at the moment as reports from the Albert Einstein hospital, in São Paulo, where he is undergoing treatment for colon cancer, paints a grim picture.

News has it that the global football icon is now receiving palliative care after chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer stopped having the expected results.

Pelé, 82, who is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment and later diagnosed with a respiratory infection, according to medical reports.

Edson Arantes de Nascimento (Pele) in his younger days

Folha de S. Paulo, a Brazilian publication reported that chemotherapy had now been suspended and that Pelé was under palliative care, being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.

His manager and the Albert Einstein hospital, in São Paulo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A medical report released on Friday said Pelé had an adequate response to an antibiotic treatment and was in a stable condition “with general improvement in health status”.

He had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital treatment on a regular basis.

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