Alan Pulido had been kidnapped Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state
Appearing before reporters alongside Tamaulipas' governor, Pulido said he is 'good'
A professional soccer player who was kidnapped in Mexico Saturday night has been rescued by authorities, according to state officials.
“I’m good, I’m good, thank you,” Alan Pulido said as he faced reporters alongside the governor of Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, Egidio Torre Cantú, in a video posted on Twitter.
The 25-year-old, a striker for Greece’s Olympiacos club has also played in the past for Mexico’s national team, most significantly during the 2014 World Cup campaign. He had not been called up for this year’s Copa America tournament in the United States, which kicks off June 3.
He was rescued shortly before midnight Sunday in “a city operation in conjunction with the federal government,” according to a statement from the Tamaulipas government.
“Pulido is currently being medically evaluated and more details on the rescue operation will be sent out later,” it said.
Ciudad Victoria has been one of Mexico’s most brutal battlegrounds in conflicts between rival drug cartels.
Hundreds of kidnappings were reported in the border state last year, although activists say the true tally of missing people is likely under-reported and actually much higher.
CNN’s Abel Alvarado contributed to this report