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Pele using �soccer shoes with wheels�

By The Assam Tribune

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 19: Soccer 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 The Associated Press.

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

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.� � AP

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Pele using �soccer shoes with wheels�

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 19: Soccer 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 The Associated Press.

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

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.� � AP