IP- Brazilian football great Pele says he feels “strong” after he was hospitalized and diagnosed with a respiratory infection earlier this week.

Iran PressAmerica: “I’m strong, with a lot of hope, and I follow my treatment as usual,” Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, said in a Saturday post on Instagram.

The 82-year-old football legend urged fans to remain “calm and positive.”

“I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy,” he added.

On Friday, doctors said Pele was recovering and in stable condition following the diagnosis. Pele, who sustained swelling and cardiac issues after his hospital admission this week, was specifically diagnosed with bronchopneumonia, ESPN Brasil previously reported.

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Pele’s daughter, Kely Nascimento, told the outlet her father had initially been hospitalized to regulate his medication related to his oncology treatments.

In a report on Saturday, medical staff at the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours.

“He is still undergoing treatment and remains in stable condition,” his doctors said.


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