Pelé depressed over serious health challenges

Legendary Brazilian footnall player Pelé is depressed over his poor health and is reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk unaided, his son Edinho said in an interview published in Brazil on Monday.

Pelé to celebrate his 80th birthday this year.

Pelé, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history – if not the greatest,  will turn 80 in October. He has suffered hip trouble for many years and now can only walk with the aid of a zimmer frame. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.

“He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation,” Edinho told TV Globo.

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“So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he’s the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk properly. He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is very sheepish, reclusive.”

Edinho added that he had argued with his father because he had not done the physiotherapy called for after a hip operation. 

Peléthe only player to win three World Cups, spent most of his career with Brazilian team Santos before moving to New York Cosmos in the 1970s. This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the striker’s third World Cup title, won in Mexico in 1970 with what many people believe is the greatest team of all time.

Pele of Brazil sends lovely messages to Kylian Mbappe

Pele excitedly joined in the 2018 FIFA World Cup celebrations with a congratulatory message to France international footballer Kylian Mbappe, who scored a goal against Croatia at the finals and was awarded the tournament’s Young Player Award for his exploits.

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Image: Kylian Mbappe

“Only the second teenager to have scored a goal in a #WorldCupFinal!” Pele tweeted after Mbappe scored France’s fourth goal against Croatia.

“Welcome to the club, @Mbappe – it’s great to have some company!” The Brazilian football legend said to his beloved 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain youngster who plays alongside Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani and Brazil’s Neymar Jr.

Security was beefed up around major cities in France to avert violence during the World Cup finals.

With this 4-2 routing of Croatia, a total of 169 goals were scored in the 2018 World Cup, two less than a record 171 from the 1998 and 2014 editions.

The average number of goals per game at Russia 2018 was 2.64.

Football pundits adjudged the 2018 global football tournament to be the most thrilling final since England’s memorable 4-2 victory against West Germany after extra time in 1966.

Thibaut Courtois was named Best Goalkeeper at the World Cup. Belgium finished as the World Cup’s highest-scoring team, having netted 16 goals from 10 different players.

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric was named the tournament’s Best Player. He got the Golden Ball while England’s Harry Kane took home the Golden Boot for his 6 goals although three of those were from spot kicks.

Kylian Mbappe, the 2018 World Cup break-out star, definitely has the world ahead of him since arriving PSG on loan from Lyon. The Parisian club is set to sign him for a whopping $211m this summer, Quartz reported.

“If Kylian keeps equaling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again…,” Pele added.

Pope Francis Says Messi Is The Best, Not Maradona Or Pele.

“The voice” of Pope Francis can be likened to that “of God”, as the soft-spoken clergy joins debate on who’s the best footballer ever, picking Lionel Messi ahead of fellow Argentine Diego Maradona and Pele of Brazil.

Image shows Pope Francis in Krakow, Poland, in July.

Pope Francis was in Poland for the World Youth Day gathering where he made the comment.

Born in Argentina (17 December, 1936) and a big fan of football club San Lorenzo, the Pope says Lionel Messi is the best footballer, not Pele or Diego Maradona, Marca reported.

He said: “For me, Messi is better than Maradona and Pele.”

Football fans born in Messi’s era have argued in favor of the Barcelona superstar, notwithstanding their lack of knowledge on what football was in those days when Pele and Maradona had their fair share.

Now, the pope has put the arguments to rest.

Yes, he has, because the 79-year-old has been alive when all three played at their highest levels, with Messi the only active one.

Image shows Maradona, Messi and Pele.

His arguments comes from the fact that he understands football very well–and the pope will never be a partial judge.

Though the pope has spoken, it’s widely believed that the argument will last forever. Even kids yet unborn, will have to debate this over again. It’s also more likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will have to be included at some point.

Maradona and Pele both won World Cups with their country, while Messi hasn’t been able to lead his country to cup glory, be it at the World Cup or the Copa America. This is his only shortcoming, as most people argue that the Barca ace must win a trophy with Argentina for him to be considered as “the best ever”.

Pope Francis, however, says winning a trophy with Argentina takes nothing away from Lionel Messi. His mind is made up on who’s the best footballer ever.

As sad as it gets, the trophies have always eluded this famous No. 10 anytime it comes within reach.

Argentina painfully lost 2016 Copa America finals in the U.S., to fellow South American rivals Chile, on penalties.

Maradona Blasts Messi For Lacking Leadership Qualities.

Diego Maradona unequivocally says Barcelona’s Lionel Messi lacks the personality of a leader. The football legend went ahead to name Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as Euro 2016’s star to watch.

Diego Maradona lifts the World Cup trophy for Argentina.

Though Argentina is currently competing in the 2016 Copa America games in U.S., Maradona who was speaking at an event in Paris to launch the summer tournament, was asked questions on his opinion about Messi, the national team captain.

Brazilian football legend Pele was also present at the event as Maradona spoke about the Blaugrana forward.

“Yes, I know him. He’s a good person, but he doesn’t have personality. He doesn’t have the personality of a leader,” ex-Barca, Napoli and Sevilla forward Maradona complained, AS reports.  Continue reading “Maradona Blasts Messi For Lacking Leadership Qualities.”

Official Trailer Released for Pelé: Birth of a Legend.

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The official trailer for the biopic of Brazil football legend Pelé has been released.

Since retiring from active football in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures. In 2010, he was named the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos.

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