Pele, 82, who is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment and later diagnosed with a respiratory infection, according to medical reports.
Brazilian publication Folha de S. Paulo reports that chemotherapy has now been suspended and that Pele was under palliative care and is being treated only for symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.
Neither his manager, nor the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo, have responded to requests for comment.
Following the release of the news, tribute were paid to the Brazil legend, with French striker Kylian Mbappe posting on Twitter: “Pray for the King.”
Pele’s former club Santos also tweeted: “The whole world is wishing you well, King Pele.”
A medical report released on Friday said Pele had an adequate response to an antibiotic treatment and was in a stable condition “with general improvement in health status”.
He had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital treatment on a regular basis.
Pelé said in an Instagram post on Thursday that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit” and thanked his supporters for the positive messages he had received.
The former Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos striker posted a picture of his face projected on a building in Qatar, where the World Cup is being held, next to a message saying: “Get well soon.”
A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday before the national team’s 1-0 defeat against Cameroon.