Pele, a three-time World Cup champion from Brazil, has received messages of solidarity from people all over the world while he is receiving medical treatment.
The 82-year-old said that his Tuesday admission to a hospital in Sao Paulo was just a regular monthly checkup.
He is reportedly now receiving end-of-life treatment after failing to respond to chemotherapy, according to a Brazilian report that the BBC has not independently verified.
French forward Kylian Mbappe tweeted, “Pray for the King.”
The three-time World Cup champion had colon cancer therapy after having a tumor removed in September 2021.
Pele was identified as having a respiratory infection, and on Friday, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo reported that his health was stable.
In a statement on Saturday, England captain Harry Kane said: “We are really sad to hear news of him being ill, but we wish him well. He is an amazing man who inspires me.
On Saturday during BBC One’s World Cup broadcast, World Cup-winning former Germany forward Jurgen Klinsmann said, “Pele is simply such a beautiful person. the premier football personality in the world. Even though it’s terribly sad news, we can only hope and pray for the best.
Pablo Zabaleta, a former defender for Argentina, continued on BBC One: “It’s really terrible to hear about Pele. On and off the field, he has been a great inspiration for all of us. He’s been a great man all his life.