Soccer great Pele unable to walk normally, son says

Sports | 11 Feb 2020 4:04 pm

Brazilian soccer great Pele, aka Edson Arantes do Nascimento,  is experiencing "a kind of depression" and barely leaves home anymore because health problems have left him unable to walk normally, his son says, AFP reports.

"He's pretty fragile in terms of his mobility ... and that makes him suffer a kind of depression," Edinho said of his 79-year-old father, who has had a series of health problems in recent years. "

Just imagine, he's the 'King,' he was always such an imposing figure, and now he can't walk normally.

He gets very shy, very embarrassed about that," his son said. Pele, the pride of Brazilian football, has been in and out of hospital in recent years for various health issues. He never fully recovered from one of his hip operations, leaving him dependent on a walker, Edinho said.

"He's doing a bit better than when he was in a wheelchair recently, but he still has a hard time getting around," said Edinho, 49.

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