Edinho, the son of Brazil football legend, Pele, has revealed that he is facing depression and embarrassed to step out of his house.
According to Edinho, his father has been suffering an illness which keeps him indoor and only moves around with the aid of a wheelchair..
“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.”
The 79-year old who will clock 80 come October was spotted at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in a wheelchair.