A choreography with about 150 drones paid tribute this Saturday in the sky of Doha to the former Brazilian soccer player Pelé, who has been hospitalized for several days. After drawing the shirt with the "10" that "O Rei" was wearing, the devices, suspended in the Qatari night, wrote the phrase: "Pele, get well soon." In various buildings in the country, where the World Cup is being held, posters with the face of the former player were hung.
This is just one example of the messages of support and affection that the world of football has sent to the 82-year-old Brazilian star, admitted to the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in Sao Paulo and who, after not responding to chemotherapy treatment, his doctors they chose to suspend him and offer him palliative care.
After breaking the news, several world-renowned players and numerous fans wanted to remember the three-time world champion. The French striker Kylian Mbappé asked through social networks for a prayer for his admired Pelé. "Pray for the King", he expressed along with some emoticons of a crown, some hands in a prayer position and the Brazilian flag.
For his part, Harry Kane, forward and captain of England, wanted to send "the best wishes" to the former Brazilian soccer player and commented that "he is an inspiration" for him after receiving his advice in 2015. "I want to send the best wishes to him and for his family. It is sad to hear such news and we all wish him a speedy recovery, ”he said at the beginning of the press conference prior to facing Senegal in the round of 16 in Qatar. “Pelé is an inspiration to me, a great player and an incredible person. Receiving such advice from him was very special to me,” he added.
In addition, the Torcida Jovem del Santos, one of the main supporters of the Brazilian club in which Pelé was immortalized, called a vigil for his health this Saturday. "Whoever is king never loses his majesty. La Torcida Jovem do Santos summons our associates, Santos in general and soccer lovers, to attend a vigil on Sunday in which we will demonstrate support and faith in the recovery of King Pelé," according to the statement released by the rock.
Although the most moving tribute of support was given during the Brazilian anthem, before the start of the match between Cameroon and Brazil in Lusail. The fans displayed a banner with the message "Get well soon" and a photo of Canarinha's '10', winner of three World Cups (1958, 1962 and 1970).