Pele suffering from ‘a kind of depression’

World's greatest player is now fragile, sheepish and reclusive says son

ICON: Pele with the World Cup

BRAZILIAN LEGEND Pele is suffering from a crisis of confidence according to his son Edinho.

The three-time World Cup winner, and arguably the greatest footballer of all time, has various ailments which has led to other challenges.

“He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation,” his son said.

“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 embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house,” Edinho told TV Globo in Brazil. “He is very sheepish, reclusive.”

GLORY DAYS: The soccer star in famous Brazil colours

Brazil football great Pele is reluctant to leave his house because he cannot walk unaided due to his poor health, his son has said.

The three-time World Cup winner will be 80 in October, received treatment in Paris last April for a urinary infection. 

Pele has had hip trouble for some time and now needs a frame to walk, with many of his recent public appearances in a wheelchair.

This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the striker’s third World Cup title, won in Mexico in 1970 with what many people believe is the greatest team of all time.

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