Pelé would no longer respond to chemotherapy and would have been transferred to the palliative curves department of the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo where he has been hospitalized since last Tuesday, as reported by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
The triple world champion is living with bowel cancer, which has spread to his lungs and liver, which he was diagnosed with last year. The hospital, which in recent days released a statement stating that Pelé would have had full vital functions, did not want to comment on the indiscretion.
From the training camp in Brazil, coach Tite said: "I wish Pelé all the best - this is the message from the coach of the Seleçao, who already had a thought for O Rey two days ago - He is our greatest representative: an extraterrestrial who he is earthly made.
Our feelings are for him." Nely Nascimento, daughter of the great Brazilian champion, spoke of a long-planned hospitalization and a situation absolutely under control, the television broadcaster revealed that, upon admission to the hospital, the former footballer had evident swelling all over the body.
The medical staff who took care of him confirmed the condition of anasarca, an oedematous syndrome and detected a strong heart failure. The chemotherapy, which he underwent since last September, after being operated on for a tumor in the intestine, is no longer giving results and the metastases have also attacked the lungs and liver.
Pelè with Santos won the Paulista championship ten times, the Rio-San Paolo tournament four times, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A six times and the Taça Brasil five times, as well as two editions of the Copa Libertadores, as many of the Intercontinental Cup and the first edition of the Intercontinental Champions Super Cup.
Moving to the United States late in his career, he captured an NASL Championship with the New York Cosmos. He is the only footballer in the world to have won three editions of the FIFA World Cup, an event which took place with the Brazilian national team in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
His goal against Sweden in the 1958 final is considered the third greatest goal in history of the FIFA World Cup and first among those achieved in a final of a world championship. FIFA recognizes him as the record for goals scored in his career, 1281 in 1363 games, while in official matches he has scored 757 goals in 816 matches with an average of 0.93 goals per game.