The Brazilian footballing legend, Pele, who will be 80 in October, has had hip trouble for some time, needs a frame to walk and often uses a wheelchair. And if the recent interview of his son is to be summed up, issues have once again popped up regarding the health of the player.
Son of three-time World Cup winner and the Brazilian legend Pele said that his father is “depressed” and reluctant to leave his house because he cannot walk unaided due to his poor health. The Brazilian, thought by some to be the greatest player in history, will be 80 in October and was treated in Paris in April for a urinary infection.
Pele, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has had hip trouble for some time and now needs a frame to walk, with many of his recent public appearances seeing him use a wheelchair.
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has become depressed due to his poor health and inability to walk unaided, according to his son who says the 79-year-old is now reluctant to even leave the house following complications with his recovery from hip surgery. https://t.co/jdGhGMSey8
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In an interview with Brazil’s Globo Esporte, 49-year-old son Edinho said:
“He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house,”
“He is very sheepish, reclusive.”
Edinho said that he had argued with his father because he had not done the physiotherapy called for after a hip operation. Adding to his comments, Edinho opined;
“He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation,”
“So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he’s the king, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk properly.”
“He’s doing a bit better than when he was in a wheelchair recently, but he still has a hard time getting around
This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the striker’s third World Cup victory, won in Mexico in 1970 with what many people believe is the greatest team of all time. He also played in the Brazil sides that won in 1958 and 1962 and scored a record 1,282 goals in 1,363 games over a 21-year career.