By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon


Brazil football legend Pele has denied reports of his supposing concerning health situation, stating that, he is fine.

The football great’s son Edinho had alleged that his father felt “depressed” and was uncomfortable and reluctant leaving the house because of his hip problem which had greatly affected his mobility.

The three times FIFA World Cup winner has come out to deny those claims on Thursday in a statement released.

“Thank you for your prayers and concerns,” his statement reads.

“I am fine. I am turning 80 this year. I have my good and bad days. This is normal for my age.”

Pele will turn 80 in October this year.

“I am not afraid, I am determined and I am confident in what I do. Last week, I had the honour of meeting the CBF ( Brazil Football Confederation) President in the studio I was Shooting my documentary in. I had two photo sessions last month for campaigns that use my image and testimony.

“I have several upcoming events scheduled. I do not avoid meeting commitments from my always busy schedule. I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best possible way. but I intend to keep the ball rolling. God bless you all.”

Pele’s son was quoted in an interview published by Brazilian website GloboEsporte.com on Monday, claiming otherwise.

“He is very fragile in relation to mobility. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have ideal or adequate rehabilitation,” Edinho said.

“He has this mobility problem 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 work properly.

“He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is very shy, reclusive,” Edinho added.

Pele spent 18 years of his illustrious playing career with Brazilian club Santos, scoring 1,091 goals in 1,281 appearances, though not all the goals were official.

He remains Brazil’s leading international goal scorer with 77 goals to his name.


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