Pele is depressed, lonely due to health problems, says son

SAO PAULO: Brazilian football great Pelé He is depressed by his poor health and reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk without help, said his son Edinho in an interview published in Brazil Monday.

Pele, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history and who will be 80 in October, has had hip trouble for years and now needs a frame to walk. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.

It is quite fragile. He underwent a hip replacement and did not have adequate or ideal rehabilitation, Edinho told TV Globo.

So he has this problem with mobility and that has triggered a kind of depression. Imagine, he is the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he cannot walk correctly.

He is ashamed, does not want to leave, be seen or do practically anything that involves leaving the house, his son added. He is very shy, lonely.

Edinho said he had argued with his father because he had not performed the requested physiotherapy after a hip operation.

Pelé , the only player to win three World Cups, spent most of his career with Brazil ian team Santos before moving to New York Cosmos in the 1970s.

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