Pele’s daughter says her family are enduring ‘sadness and despair’


The daughter of Brazilian football great Pele has posted a philosophical caption alongside a family photo to social media as her famous father continues his fight for life.

Pele’s family have gathered in hospital as his condition worsens – with Kely Nascimento sharing yet another moment from hospital as the Brazil legend approaches one month in hospital.

The three-time World Cup winner’s cancer has advanced and doctors at Albert Einstein hospital recently said he’s under ‘elevated care’ related to ‘kidney and cardiac dysfunctions.’

Pele was admitted to the Sao Paulo facility on November 29. The hospital hasn’t published any updates in the past week.

Taking to Instagram, Nascimento posted a photo of family, including her sister Flavia and Pele’s grandchildren, Octavio Felinto Neto and Gabriel Arantes.

‘These moments are hard to explain,’ Nascimento wrote. ‘Sometimes there is a lot of sadness and despair, other times we laugh and talk of fun memories.

‘And what we learn most from all this is that we have to look for each other, and hold tight. Only when it’s all worth it. With it all together.’

On Tuesday, she posted a happier photo of her family and the Brazilian great at a Gala Pequeno Principe, a healthcare center, event.

‘Time flies, happy moments are forever,’ she added to the lovely image.

Nascimento also shared a photo on Christmas Day from the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with an emotional caption.

She took to her Instagram profile again later in the day to express her gratitude to the medical staff at the hospital.

‘We always have a lot to be thankful for, even spending Christmas in the hospital we are aware of the privilege it is to be in a hospital like @hosp_einstein,’ she wrote.

‘To see our father treated by these professionals, super competent and extremely affectionate.’

Greats such as Rivaldo, and football fans from around the globe, have paid tribute and prayed for the health of one of football’s most famous sons.