Pele using 'soccer shoes with wheels' instead of cane for walking support after hip surgery

Football legend Pele is using a metal-framed walker to get around these days, which his agent compares to having a new piece of 'sporting equipment.'

AP November 19, 2016 11:46:07 IST
Pele using 'soccer shoes with wheels' instead of cane for walking support after hip surgery

Rio de Janeiro: Football legend Pele is using a metal-framed walker to get around these days, which his agent compares to having a new piece of "sporting equipment."

"He is calling this his new soccer shoes with wheels," his agent, Jose Fornos, told AP.

A widely circulated newspaper photograph on Friday of the 76-year-old Pele using a walker was getting lots of attention in Brazil.

Pele using soccer shoes with wheels instead of cane for walking support after hip surgery

Pele underwent a hip surgery in order to correct a displacement on part of a right hip prosthesis done in 2012. AP

Fornos said Pele has used the walker regularly -- or a cane -- since he had hip surgery almost a year ago. The surgery was to correct the displacement of part of a right hip prosthesis done in 2012.

He also underwent back surgery in 2015 for what was described as a "nerve root decompression."

The three-time World Cup winner has also been hospitalized in the last several years for a urinary infection and prostate surgery.

Fornos said Pele's left knee is now the problem. The right knee is also reported to be problematic, and of course the right leg and hip.

"Everybody is worried about this. But that's life," Fornos said. "For him it's not good, but you have to become accustomed to these things."

Pele also pulled out of the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over three months ago for what he said were unspecified "health reasons."

Fornos repeatedly made light of the Pele's physical condition.

"We hope in the next few months he is ready to play," Fornos said. "Now he's on the bench."

In an interview published Friday with the Sao Paulo newspaper O Estado De S.Paulo, Pele described his health as "very good."

Pele is widely regarded as the game's greatest player and played on Brazil World Cup winners in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Updated Date:

also read

Premier League: Newcastle urge fans to cease wearing Arab-style clothing to celebrate takeover
Sports

Premier League: Newcastle urge fans to cease wearing Arab-style clothing to celebrate takeover

Some supporters wore traditional robes and others donned headdresses for Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham, the Magpies' first game under their new owners.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Lautaro Martinez extends Argentina's run to 25 unbeaten, Brazil thrash Uruguay
Sports

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Lautaro Martinez extends Argentina's run to 25 unbeaten, Brazil thrash Uruguay

Brazil top the single South American qualifying group by six points from Argentina, who have a nine point gap to those that could deny them a berth at Qatar 2022.

'Not going anywhere for next few years': Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri quashes retirement talk
Sports

'Not going anywhere for next few years': Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri quashes retirement talk

Talking about his career, Sunil Chhetri said that "it's a fact that it is going to end soon" and tells himself to enjoy every moment of it.