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Family in the hospital at Christmas

An Christmas, the family of Brazilian football legend Pelé gathered at his bedside in the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo. Daughter Kely Cristina Nascimento posted a family photo on her Instagram page on Saturday evening (local time), which also includes Pelé’s wife Marcia Aoki.

“Merry Christmas. Gratitude, love, togetherness, family. The essence of Christmas. We thank you all for all the love and light you are sending. In this crazy and amazing life I would be nothing without her,” the 55-year-old captioned the photo. “In this crazy and surprising life, I would be nothing without her. Today and forever: Merry Christmas and all the best.”

“Father… my strength is yours”

Pelé’s son Edson “Edinho” Cholbi do Nascimento (52) was also hospitalized. The former goalkeeper posted a picture on Instagram holding the football legend’s hand. Below the photo is a flaming heart. He wrote: “Father… my strength is yours.” Numerous sporting personalities had previously sent Pelé well wishes, including the Brazilian internationals at the World Cup when they held up a poster after the round of 16.

IOC President Thomas Bach sent a greeting. “Pelé, our thoughts are with you,” wrote the 68-year-old on Twitter: “I wish you all the best with all my heart.” In 2016, the head of the International Olympic Committee awarded Pelé the Olympic Order in his hometown of Santos.

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