Pele is forced to walk with a zimmer frame and needs a wheelchair to get around in a new documentary
Forced to walk with a zimmer, Pele needs a wheelchair to get around in the new Netflix documentary, as the elder Brazilian legend talks about the fear that drove them to success at the 1970 World Cup.
- Brazilian icon Pele is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time
- He raised the World Cup with Brazil twice, once in 1958 and 12 years later
- The former Santos striker, now 80, has opened his career in a documentary
Brazilian legend Pele cuts a weak figure in the new Netflix documentary about his extraordinary career.
The film was released on Tuesday Pele, coded by David Tryhorn and Ben Nicholas, includes a series of interviews with the former attacker and his loved ones.
While the film goes into details never before discussed in front of the camera by the 80-year-old, his physical condition is perhaps the most telling story of all.
Footballer Pele appears weak when he appears in a new Netflix documentary about his career
The 80-year-old makes his way in front of the camera using a zimmer frame
Pele and Bobby Moore swap shirts after their group stage at the 1970 World Cup
When Pele first enters the screen, he can only make his way to the chair in the middle of a room with the help of a zimmer frame.
Once he gets to the chair, he tosses the frame aside before starting the interview.
His mobility problems are later accentuated when he goes to a barbecue in a wheelchair.
Pele has had hip surgery before, but as his son Edinho has since admitted, his recovery has not gone according to plan.
‘He is quite vulnerable. He’s had hip replacement and didn’t have adequate or ideal rehabilitation, ‘Edinho Brazilian TV channel Globo told last year.
So he has this problem with mobility and that’s kind of caused a 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 He’s withdrawn. ‘
Pele came out to deny those claims, and the new documentary certainly seems to go against those claims.
Pele is hoisted on the shoulders of supporters after Brazil won the 1970 World Cup in Mexico
Speaking of the process of getting him on camera, co-director Nicholas said it took eight months to negotiate with his representatives before they finally had time to talk to him.
Every time he has left home for the past 65 years, [he] pushed a microphone in his face, ”he said GQ
So he made these canned answers to get himself through interviews. It was about processing that and then saying to him, “We want to do something deeper.” ‘
Pele was seen attending a barbecue in the documentary, arriving in a wheelchair