Pelé rejects comments on depression: "I'm fine"

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Former Brazilian striker Pelé dismissed comments that he is depressed and reclusive on Thursday and assured fans that he is doing well and maintaining a busy schedule.

Pelé Edinho's son told Brazilian media Globo in an interview published Monday that the three-time World Cup winner was depressed and hesitant to leave home because he could not move properly due to hip problems.

"I'm fine," said Pelé, who turns 80 in October. "I continue to accept my physical limits in the best possible way, but I intend to keep the ball.

“I have good and bad days. It's normal for people my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do. "

Pelé, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, is the only player to have won three World Cups.

He has had hip problems for years and cannot walk without help. Many of his most recent public appearances have taken place in a wheelchair.

However, friends of the former Santos and New York Cosmos player said January was one of the busiest in years.

He has done photo shoots and sponsorship and he is cooperating with a British director to make a documentary on his life as a footballer.

"I do not avoid meeting the commitments of my always busy schedule," said Pelé in his press release.

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

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