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Brazil’s legend Pele hospitalised

Legendary Brazilian player Pele has been hospitalised but his daughter confirmed it was “not an emergency” case.

Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN Brasil reported Pele had been taken to Sao Paulo’s Hospital Albert Einstein with “general swelling”.

But Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento posted on Instagram that there was “no new dire prediction”.

Pele had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has since had regular treatment at the hospital.

“Lots of alarm in the media today concerning my dad’s health,” Nascimento said.

“He is in the hospital regulating medication.

ESPN Brasil also reported that the 82-year-old was having cardiac issues and there are concerns that his chemotherapy treatment is not having the expected effect.

Pele is Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 games, and the former striker is one of only four players to have scored in four World Cup tournaments.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas