A true legend of the game, Pele is now “embarrassed” to leave his own home according to his son.
The former Brazilian national team star is now 79 years old and his health has declined in recent years.
Pele, alongside Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is regarded as one of the best players in history, if not the best.
His son Edinho told TV Globo that Pele is not in a great place right now as he struggles to walk after a hip replacement and either needs a walking frame or wheelchair to get around.
“He is very sheepish, reclusive,” Edinho explained. “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. He’s pretty fragile. 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.”
Pele’s health has been a huge concern in recent years as he had prostate surgery in 2015 and has been in and out of hospital.
He scored a record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearing during his incredible career which spanned 21 years and saw him win three World Cups with Brazil as he scored 77 times in 91 outings for the Selecao.
Pele will no doubt be getting plenty more visits from close friends and the soccer community in the coming days and weeks as they try to rally around him and help him get through this tough time.
The former Santos and New York Cosmos striker is an inspiration to so many in his homeland and across the world and hearing about his struggles via his son should spark a huge reaction of love and warmth heading his way.
For so many years Pele brought joy and happiness to the homes of so many around the planet through his play on the pitch, now is surely the time for people to send messages of support to his home.
Get well soon, Edson Arantes do Nascimento.