According to Edinho, son to Brazilian legend, Pele, his father is suffering from depression and feels too embarrassed to leave his house owing to poor health.
The footballing legend now requires a frame to walk after managing a hip problem for many years.
Many of the former striker’s public appearances in the recent past has been on a wheelchair and his son says his father is unwilling to leave the house because of the shame of being ill.
“He’s pretty fragile,” Edinho told Globoesporte . “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 no longer walk properly. Only with help. He is very shy, very embarrassed about it.
“It improved a little compared to that recent time when he was in a wheelchair, but he still has a lot of difficulty walking.
“He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is reclusive.”
Pele’s health has previously been talked about the by Brazilian media. It is claimed that his right kidney was removed in 1977 before undergoing a kidney stones operation in the more recent past.
The 79-year-old who turns 80 in October made anappearance at the 2018 World Cup draw in a wheelchair before being reported to have collapsed from exhaustion only a month later.
The former Brazilian striker played a pivotal role in the period of Brazil’s domination on the International scene between the years 1958-1970, helping the South American nation to three World Cup titles in that time.
Pele was a one-man club, spending 18 years at Brazilian outfit, Santos where he scored a gargantuan 1,091 goals in 1281 appearances. Although, it must be said that not all of those goals came in official games.