By Isabella Bengoechea – Pele, the Brazil football legend, has been moved to end-of-life care in hospital in his home country, a Brazilian news outlet has reported.

Pele, 82, has been moved to palliative care at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, according to Folhua, the Brazilian daily newspaper. He has been undergoing treatment for bowel cancer since last September.

The former footballer was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, with what is believed to be a general swelling and cardiac issues. On Thursday he was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital, with no cause for alarm.

The hospital said on Friday that he was being treated for a respiratory infection. According to a medical report Pele had an adequate response to antibiotic treatment and was seeing “general improvement in health status”.

However, Folhua de São Paulo said Pele was no longer responding to the chemotherapy treatment he has been undergoing to treat his bowel cancer. His treatment has now been suspended and he is receiving measures to relieve pain, the report added.

Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time, having won three World Cups, scoring 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil.