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Brazil hero Pele improving in hospital after treatment for respiratory infection

FILE – Brazilian Pele attends the 2018 soccer World Cup draw at the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 1, 2017. Brazilian soccer great Pelé was hospitalized in Sao Paulo to regulate the medication in his fight against a colon tumor, his daughter said on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Kely Nascimento added that there was “no emergency” concerning her 82-year-old father’s health. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE – Brazilian Pele attends the 2018 soccer World Cup draw at the Kremlin in Moscow, Dec. 1, 2017. Brazilian soccer great Pelé was hospitalized in Sao Paulo to regulate the medication in his fight against a colon tumor, his daughter said on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Kely Nascimento added that there was “no emergency” concerning her 82-year-old father’s health. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Pele’s condition is improving in a Sao Paulo hospital, doctors have said.

The 82-year-old – who had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 – was admitted to the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo on Saturday with a respiratory infection.

However, those symptoms and his general condition are improving.

Brazil v South Korea – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Round of 16 – Stadium 974
Brazil players showed their support for Pele after beating South Korea (Martin Rickett/PA)

“The patient continues to show progressive improvement in his general condition, in particular the respiratory infection,” said a statement from the doctors treating him.

“He remains in a standard room, with stable vital signs, conscious and with no new complications.”

On Monday night the Brazil players displayed a banner on the pitch in support of Pele as they celebrated their victory over South Korea to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.