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Brazil icon Pele thanks Kylian Mbappe for wishing him well after being treated in hospital, as he insists he’s happy to see the France forward breaking his World Cup records
Brazil icon Pele has thanked France superstar Kylian Mbappe for wishing him well after being treated for a respiratory infection at a hospital in Sao Paulo.
The 82-year-old, who won the World Cup in his career three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970, was admitted to hospital to treat a respiratory infection that was aggravated by Covid.
Pele is, however, showing signs of improvements as he is now reportedly showing ‘stable signs’, is ‘conscious’ and is ‘without further complications’, according to Brazilian publication Globo.
Brazil icon Pele (pictured) has thanked France superstar Kylian Mbappe for his well wishes
The Brazilian legend has even taken to social media to thank PSG forward Mbappe for his kind well wishes on Twitter.
He posted: ‘Thank you, Kylian Mbappe. I’m happy to see you breaking another one of my records in this Cup, my friend.’
The tweet was in response to Mbappe’s post, saying: ‘Pray for the King.’
Pele also insists that he is happy to see the France forward breaking his World Cup records
There were initial concerns that he was close to death, his daughters Flavia and Kely Nascimento quickly moved to rubbish those reports and said he is ‘sick’ but is still supporting Brazil in their bid to win the World Cup.
The former Brazil striker had been moved to palliative care after his chemotherapy to treat colon cancer had been suspended.
But an update from the doctors treating him in Sao Paulo on Saturday presented a more positive picture.
‘He is still undergoing treatment and the state of health remains stable. He has also had a good response to respiratory infection care, with no worsening of the condition in the last 24 hours,’ the doctors said.
A tweet was published from Pele’s official account on Monday as he wished Brazil good luck ahead of their 4-1 last-16 victory over South Korea.
The former Brazil striker is showing signs of improvements after receiving treatment
In the message which included a photo of him as a young man, it read: ‘In 1958, I walked the streets thinking about fulfilling the promise I made to my father.
‘I know that today many have made similar promises and are also going in search of their first World Cup.
‘I’ll be watching the hospital game and I’ll be rooting for each one of you. Good luck!’
Pele is considered Brazil’s greatest ever player and fans in Qatar showed their support for him by unfurling banners inside the stadium when they played Cameroon in their final group stage match.
Claims of Pele being moved to ‘end-of-life’ care prompted a swift and fierce response from his daughters.
Speaking to Fantastico, Kely explained: ‘About three weeks ago he got Covid. He is vaccinated, with all the vaccines, but because of the cancer medicine, the chemotherapy, which is fragile, he got a lung infection.
‘That’s why he went to the hospital, because of the lung infection. Is he serious? It’s serious, because he’s a certain age, he’s treating cancer.’
Flavia went on to explain how the hospital was the best place for Pele to get the care he needed but insisted the 82-year-old was not in intensive care.
She said: ‘At the hospital, he is better assisted. But he’s not in the ICU, he’s in a normal room. So he’s not at risk. As a person with a more delicate health, it is better to be in the hospital.’