"Now that I am 80, I need to thank God for giving me the health to get this far, and lucidly, although not always intelligently. I hope that when I get to heaven God welcomes me the same way that
everyone welcomes me today thanks to our beloved football."
, speaking from his home in Brazil, with a recorded message on his 80th birthday. He has been hospitalized
several times in recent years and walks with difficulty because of an ailing hip. (Reuters Videos