Brazil great Pele’s condition is improving in hospital, say doctors in Sao Paulo.
The 82-year-old was admitted last Tuesday and on Saturday reassured fans that he is “strong with a lot of hope”.
It followed a report in Brazil that Pele was beginning end-of-life care after not responding to chemotherapy.
The three-time World Cup winner has received regular treatment since having a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021.
“The patient continues to show progressive improvement in his general condition, in particular the respiratory infection,” said a statement from his doctors.
“He remains in a standard room, with stable vital signs, conscious and with no new complications.”
Brazil players paid tribute to Pele after their last-16 win over South Korea at the World Cup in Qatar on Monday.
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