Soccer legend Pele has denied studies he’s depressed and reclusive due to mobility issues.
The previous Brazil striker’s son Edinho informed TV Globo on Monday that his father was “embarrassed” to depart residence resulting from his hip points, which causes “a sure melancholy”.
Pele, who can be 80 in October, responded on Friday with a press release that learn: “Thanks to your prayers and considerations. I’m high-quality.
“I am turning 80 this 12 months. I’ve my good and unhealthy days. That is regular for folks my age.
“I’m not afraid, I’m decided. I’m assured in what I do.
“Final week, I had the honour of assembly the CBF president within the studio the place I used to be recording my documentary.
“I had two photograph classes final month for campaigns that use my picture and testimony. I’ve a number of upcoming occasions scheduled.
“I don’t keep away from assembly commitments from my at all times busy schedule.
“I proceed to just accept my bodily limitations in the absolute best approach, however I intend to maintain the ball rolling. God bless you all.”
The three-time World Cup winner, extensively thought-about to be one of many biggest gamers ever, has been dogged by hip hassle and sometimes makes use of a wheelchair when making public appearances.
Pele had prostate surgical procedure in 2015 and was admitted to hospital with a urinary an infection final 12 months.
This summer time will mark the 50th anniversary of his third World Cup triumph in Mexico when Brazil beat Italy within the closing.