alanA soccer star kidnapped in Mexico Saturday night has been rescued by authorities…largely thanks to his own heroics.

Mexican international and Olympiacos striker Alan Pulido was kidnapped Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state, and managed to call police and alert them to his location after a scuffle with one of his captors.

“After midnight last night there was a phone call to 066 from soccer player Alan Pulido and in a moment of carelessness by his captors in the place where he was, he was able to make a phone call asking for help, and giving his location where he was,” state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla said during a press conference.

Alan’s car was surrounded by several vehicles as he was leaving a party with his girlfriend on Saturday night. Masked men took him away, leaving his girlfriend unharmed in the car park where the incident took place.

Pulido’s family received a phone call on Sunday demanding a ransom payment.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested. Officials say he confessed to belonging to a local criminal gang.

Police are searching for another three men believed to have been involved in the kidnapping.

Pulido’s right hand was bandaged in the video. It was damaged when Pulido broke a pane of glass in a door during his escape.

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