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Fans hold “Get well soon” banners for Pele during the World Cup match between Brazil and Cameroon on Friday, Dec. 2. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Football stars past and present have been wishing Pele well online after local media in Brazil reported his health had deteriorated.

The news came during the World Cup in Qatar, drawing attention from the football world to one of the sport’s hallmarks.

Pele, 82, one of the greatest players of all time, was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital on Tuesday to reassess his cancer treatment after having a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021.

Bailey took to Instagram on Thursday to thank fans for their positive messages and “good vibes”.

Although Pele, who helped Brazil win three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970), has suffered from physical problems in recent years, he remains active on social media.

FIFA also released a drone video on Friday paying tribute to the icon. A drone depicts Bailey’s signature number. The number 10 jersey then spelled “Pelé get soon soon”.

England captain Harry Kane has shared his thoughts with Brazilian football legend Pele amid health concerns.

Kane called Pele “an inspiration in our game, an incredible footballer, an incredible human being”.

Paris Saint-Germain and France national team striker Kylian Mbappé urging his twitter followers “Pray for the King” – to reference the Brazilian superstar’s moniker – tagged Pele in his tweets on Saturday.

At the same time, Brazilian star Vinicius Jr., who is playing for the Qatar national team in 2022, and former Brazilian star Rivaldo also posted on social media, urging the legend to “stay strong”.

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