Soccer legend Pele has played down fears over his mental health after the Brazilian’s son suggested he had become depressed due to his inability to walk unaided.
Edinho had said his 79-year-old father was reluctant to even leave the house following complications with his recovery from hip surgery, but Pele has announced he is “fine.”
“Thank you for your prayers and concerns,” Pele said in a statement Friday.
“I’m turning 80 this year. I have my good and bad days. This is normal for people my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, I am confident in what I do.”
His son has since sought to clarify his initial comments, saying his statement was taken in “little context” and suggested his words had been confused in translation.
“A word depression is an emotional state, it is not a clinical picture or a diagnosis that I made. It was simply a frustration,” he said.
“It is not a clinical picture, it is an intimate view of the child. And, it had this unfortunate repercussion.”