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

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

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

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The 82-year-old man underwent surgery to remove a tumor during September 2021.

He has been in the hospital since Tuesday for a “chemotherapy reassessment” of his colon tumor.

“He is still receiving treatment and is stable,” the hospital added.

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The statement was posted on Pelé’s official Instagram along with a message that read: “I want to keep everyone calm and positive.

“I am strong, very excited and I continue my treatment as always. 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 around the world fills me with energy. And seeing Brazil in the World Cup too.”

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England captain Harry Kane sent his best wishes to Pele amid concerns about his health.

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England captain Harry Kane was among those who wished Pelé well on Saturday, calling him “an inspiration to our game, an incredible footballer and an incredible person.”

Pelé won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and remains Brazil’s all-time top scorer with 77 goals in 92 games.

Asked about the advice Pele had given him, urging the Tottenham forward to never believe he is the best player in the world and to keep learning, Kane said: “Hearing those words from him then was very special for me.”

“And I always feel like I’m someone who’s always learning and will continue to learn for the rest of my career, so he hit the nail on the head with his advice.

“Of course I am saddened to hear that news, but we wish him the best, not just me, but all of England as well.”

French striker Kylian Mbappé, who became the first teenager since Pelé to win the World Cup four years ago in Russia, tweeted on Saturday: “Pray for the King @Pelé” as a tribute to the Brazil legend.

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