Legendary Brazil forward, Pele, has said the health issues he is currently experiencing are “normal for people of my age”.
The Brazilian legend stated this in reaction to comments by Edinho, his son, who said his father is reluctant to leave his house.
Edinho added that his father is “embarrassed” at needing a frame to walk because of his hip problems.
But Pele, widely regarded as the greatest ever player, said: “I am good. I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best way possible but I intend to keep the ball rolling.”
The former Santos and New York Cosmos player said, contrary to speculations, he is not avoiding public outings.
The month of January was one of his busiest in years as he did photoshoots and sponsorship work and is also cooperating with a British director making a documentary about his footballing life.
“I am not avoiding fulfilling the commitments in my always busy schedule.
“I have good days and bad days. That is normal for people of my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do,” Pele said in a statement.
Pele scored a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career, including 77 goals in 91 appearances for Brazil.
He had prostate surgery in 2015 and was taken to hospital with a urinary infection last year.