Pele insists ‘I’m fine’ amid concerns over his health

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

Soccer legend Pele has played down fears over his mental health after the Brazilian's son suggested he had become depressed due to his inability to walk unaided.

"Thank you for your prayers and concerns".

Pele who turns 80 in October, has made his recent public appearances in a wheelchair. "I'm fine. I'm turning 80 this year".

Legendary Brazil forward Pele has spoken for the first time since his son claimed he was reluctant to leave his house, saying his health issues were "normal for people of my age".

"I'm not afraid, I'm determined and I'm confident in what I do". I have my good and bad days. Last week, I had the honour of meeting the CBF (Brazil Football Confederation) president in the studio where I was recording my documentary. I do not avoid meeting commitments from my always busy schedule. He had a hip replacement and didn't have ideal or adequate rehabilitation.

In the interview published on the sports news site Globoesporte.com, Edinho said his father is "pretty fragile in terms of his mobility. and that makes him suffer a kind of depression".

"Just imagine, he's the 'King, ' he was always such an imposing figure, and now he can't walk normally". I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best possible way, but I intend to keep the ball rolling. "He gets very shy, very embarrassed about that", his son said.

Pele, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history, is the only player to win three World Cups.

He can look back at a glittering career, during which he scored 1 281 goals in 1 363 appearances, including 77 goals in 91 games for Brazil, during which he helped the Selecao lift three FIFA World Cups.

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