Kylian Mbappe called on his supporters to “pray for the King” before the striker, who claimed he scored 1,283 goals in his glittering career, sent the Frenchman a message of support after losing in the World Cup final.
“Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way. [Lionel] Messi winning his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserved,” Pele wrote on Instagram. “My dear friend, Mbappe, scoring four goals in a final. What a gift it was to watch this spectacle to the future of our sport.”
He has been fighting colon cancer since he was diagnosed with a tumour in his large intestine last year, and had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021, but was admitted to hospital again last month. The hospital said that Pele needed further care “related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions” in a statement released last week.