Pele says he feels 'strong' as doctors confirm Brazil legend 'remains stable'

Pele says he feels 'strong' as doctors confirm Brazil legend 'remains stable'

Pele says he feels "strong" and has "a lot of hope" as he receives hospital treatment in his battle with colon cancer.

The Brazil legend is responding well and his health condition has not worsened over the last 24 hours, the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo said on Saturday.

It follows a report from Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de S.Paulo that said Pele had been moved to palliative care and was only being treated for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.

The 82-year-old had surgery to remove a tumour during September 2021.

He has been in hospital since Tuesday for a "reassessment of chemotherapy therapy" of his colon tumour.

"He is still having treatment and remains stable," the hospital added.

The statement was posted on Pele's official Instagram alongside a message which said: "I want to keep everyone calm and positive.

"I'm strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received.

"I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And watch Brazil in the World Cup, too."