Man at His Best

A Day After Being Kidnapped, A Mexican Football Star Began His Dramatic Escape

Mexican footballer Alan Pulido fights kidnappers and escapes.

BY MATT MILLER | Jun 1, 2016 | Culture


On Saturday night, Alan Pulido—a striker for Mexico's international football team and the Greece club Olympiacos—was kidnapped outside of a restaurant in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria. Immediately, authorities in Northern Mexico, an area known for some of the most brutal cartel activity and hundreds of kidnappings each year, launched a search for the missing soccer star. 

About 24 hours after he was taken, Pulido was left alone with one of his captors and managed to wrestle the man's pistol away. Pulido beat the kidnapper and threatened him as he dialled Mexico's emergency number, according to the Associated Press

"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.

Pulido was able to give his location to the emergency contact, police arrived, and a firefight ensued. During the scuffle Pulido somehow broke a window to escape and injured his hand. He otherwise came out of the ordeal unscathed.

"I'm good, I'm good, thank you," Alan Pulido told reporters in a video posted on Twitter.

From: Esquire US.