Brazilian footballing legend Pele says he is in “good health” after visiting the hospital for undergoing routine exams. He denied reports of him suffering a more serious medical issue.
Guys, I didn't faint and I'm in very good health. I went for my routine exams, which I had not been able to do before because of the pandemic. Let them know I don't play next Sunday! 👍🏽
— Pelé (@Pele) August 31, 2021
The 80-year-old Pele wrote on his Twitter that he did not faint and is in very good health. He added that he visited the hospital for his routine health exams, which he has not been able to do before because of the pandemic. Last year, his son claimed that Pele was depressed over his poor health and was pretty reluctant to leave his house because he can’t walk unaided. Pele dismissed the claims of his son saying that he accepts his physical limitations in the best way possible but he added that he will continue moving and there will be good and bad days for people his age but he will not be afraid and strives to be more determined and confident.
He still has trouble with his hip and that has been going on for years. He can’t walk unaided hence most of his recent public appearances have been on a wheelchair. He still made several public appearances and is pretty active on social media.
He is considered Brazil’s greatest player of all time. His skill had regaled audiences and fans from the late 1950’s to the early ’70s. He won three World Cups for Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. His performances in the 1958 World Cup and the 1970 edition are still written with “golden letters” and is an integral part of football history. He scored 77 goals in 92 games for the country. He scored 775 goals in 840 appearances, not counting friendlies, in all forms of the game. He is considered a “Godlike” figure in Brazilian football and no one in his country has matched him yet, in terms of the legacy created by a footballer.