Pele the Brazilian football legend, arguably the greatest football player of all time, died at the age of 82.
As his cancer progressed, the former football star was admitted to the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo at the end of November.
According to a hospital statement issued earlier this month, he was treated for a respiratory infection.
Pele was reportedly transferred to palliative care in a hospital after failing to respond to chemotherapy for colon cancer.
During that time, Pele issued a statement via his official Instagram account.
“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received,” it said.
“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. And watch Brazil in the World Cup too!
Pele was named Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000 after becoming the only player to win the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
During his 21-year career, he set a world record with 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country.