'I'm strong!' - Pele reassures fans of health with social media post from hospital

'I'm strong!' - Pele reassures fans of health with social media post from hospital

Brazil icon Pele updated fans worried about his health with a postĀ from Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele has been undergoing chemotherapy for bowel cancer since last September, and there were .

However, the 82-year-old has now offered an update on his condition and thanked fans for the many messages of support he has received.

"My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive," Pele wrote on Instagram. "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.

"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!

The was "stable, with a general improvement in his health status."

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein also issued a statement on Saturday regarding Pele. The hospital stated the Brazilian

Before Brazil's match against Cameroon at the World Cup on Friday, fans held up a banner with a message of support to the former striker, and his image has been projected on buildings in Qatar as a show of support.

The three-time World Cup winner remains in consideration as football's greatest player ever.