From Qatar to Mexico, passing through the United States and other countries, shows of support for the world soccer legend are emerging.
The news fell like a bucket of cold water on the Brazilian fans, not only was their team surprisingly losing to Cameroon in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but also the greatest football legend was hospitalized, so now in the Middle East the ball is rolling, while Pele is playing the game of his life.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento is currently in Israel’s Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, due to a resurgence of cancer that has left him bedridden with respiratory problems. While the fans remain vigil outside the stadium, the first World Cup tournament held in November and December continues with great matches by footballers such as Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud or Harry Kane.
And it is that although it hurts to see him in his last breath on the ground, the Brazilian fans are waiting for what his team will do against South Korea, but they took advantage of the presence of thousands of media in Qatar to send a message to him. From cheering on its greatest star. Even the English, Argentinian, Mexican and other national fans did the same as well, looking forward to sending positive vibes to the South American star.
But even thousands of kilometers away, the tribute could not wait and near the Lusail stadium, his image was shown on the giant screens with the message “Get well soon” (Get well soon, in Spanish), while listening to some words of the star regarding the World Cup. Even Qatar’s daily drone show was changed to show the same legend and his number 10 shirt that he famously wore at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
While he was in São Paulo, fans would hold a vigil outside the hospital as he was hospitalised, all the conferences in Qatar had at least one question about Pelé; From Tite and Thiago Silva of the Brazilian national team, to Jurgen Klinsmann or Arsene Wegner they are interviewed about what message they would send to ‘O Rei’ Pelé.
The World Cup continues its course and cannot be stopped, and fans will wait for what will happen to the most famous football legend on the planet, hoping that his health will improve and that he will even be able to watch Brazil in the final stages, but as they say on Broadway: the show must go on . And so the ball rolls, while Pele plays the game of his life.
Manuel R. Medina is a sports journalist who has covered the most important competitions in the world for 21 years. His work has taken him to four World Cups, in South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, Russia 2018 and now in Qatar 2022; Copa America Chile 2015, Golden Cups, Olympic Games in Rio 2016, Russian Federations 2017, the last four editions of the Club World Cup, in addition to many trips to publish live sports information. You can follow him on Twitter @manuelmedina
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