Brazil great Pele has allayed concerns over his health and welfare.
Pele’s son Edinho said his iconic father felt “depressed”. the icon – who turns 80 in October – rejected those health claims on Thursday.
“Thank you for your prayers and concerns,” Pele said in a statement released. “I’m fine. I’m turning 80 this year. I have my good and bad days. This is normal for people my age.
“I’m not afraid, I’m determined and I’m confident in what I do. Last week, I had the honour of meeting the CBF [Brazilian Football Confederation] president in the studio I was shooting my documentary in. I had two photo sessions last month for campaigns that use my image and testimony.
“I have several upcoming events scheduled. I do not avoid meeting commitments from my always busy schedule. I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best possible way, but I intend to keep the ball rolling. God bless you all.”