On Sunday, the Brazil national football team spoke about their interaction with soccer superstar Pele.
Bailey took to social media on Saturday to say he was “strong” and “hopeful” as he continues his colon cancer treatment.
Local media in Brazil reported that the 82-year-old former footballer’s health had deteriorated, prompting an outcry from Qatari football, where the best of the best are gathered for the 2022 World Cup.
“That’s probably the only person I greeted with a real shake,” Brazil coach Tite said at a news conference on Sunday. time.
“I stopped and started shaking,” the coach said describing his first interaction. “My hands were sweating. My heart was beating faster. ‘Wow!’ I’m going to have a chance to meet Pele.'”
“It’s a difficult time for all of us,” Tite said of monitoring the legend’s health.
Assistant coach Cesar Sampaio added: “I also have … blessings. I’m a Santos player, at the same club as Pele, and I have the opportunity to interact with him at times. I In the national team for the first time, I had the opportunity to play with Pele.”
“Talking to him and interacting with him on the court — it’s so difficult, you know, because of what he is and what he stands for,” he continued. “It’s something I never thought would happen in my life.
“We just ask everyone to pray, do whatever, please bring a very positive vibe to him. He’s someone who has influenced my development, not just as an athlete, but as a man and a person.”
Brazil will play South Korea in the round of 16 at Stadium 974 in Doha on Monday.