Alan Pulido Rescued After Being Kidnapped in Mexico

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured Columnist

DRENTHE, NETHERLANDS - JULY 29:  Alan Pulido of Olympiacos in action during the pre season friendly match between FC Twente and Olympiacos Piraeus held at Sportpark Veenoord on July 29, 2015 in New Amsterdam and Veenoord, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Olympiakos striker Alan Pulido was rescued on Sunday after being kidnapped in Mexico, according to ESPN FC's Tom Marshall.

"[Tamaulipas Gov. Egidio Torre Cantu] did not give more information on the details of Pulido's kidnapping, but a statement from the state government said the former Tigres player had been rescued shortly before midnight local time on Sunday in a joint operation carried out by state and federal forces."

"'I'm very well, thanks to God,' Pulido said in front of the assembled media, wearing a bandage around his right arm and looking visibly shaken," per Marshall.

Mirror's Tyrone Marshall reported on Monday that "Pulido fought with one of his kidnappers and then stole his phone to call cops" and he "cut a wrist trying to escape his abductors before he was rescued but was otherwise unhurt." Marshall also noted that one man was arrested.

The 25-year-old's brother, Armando, revealed the news of Pulido's kidnapping in an interview with Medio Tiempo (h/t the Sun's Tom Sheen) on Sunday: “Yes, it is true. He disappeared from the morning and we [are trying to] support the governor. We are waiting to see what happens.”

According to the official report, Pulido went missing in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, early Sunday morning. He left a party at 11:30 p.m. local time, at which point trucks cornered his car and six masked men "took him away by force," per Sheen.  

He attended the party with his girlfriend, who was reportedly released unharmed.

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Pulido joined Olympiakos in July 2015 but couldn't make his debut for the Greek club until January. Per WhoScored.com, he scored five goals in eight Super League appearances, including two in the final three matches of the 2015-16 campaign.

The forward wasn't selected for El Tri's Copa America squad but returned to Mexico for a vacation.