Alan Pulido, Olympiacos forward and member of Mexico's 2014 World Cup squad, has been kidnapped in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, his brother confirmed to website Mediotiempo.
According to Armando Pulido, his brother has been missing since Sunday morning, and the first reports indicate he was taken by force by several individuals in their vehicles following a party last night.
"Yes, it is true. He disappeared this morning and we have all the support of the governor. We are waiting to see what happens, " his brother said.
Pulido, who joined Olympiacos in 2015, scored five goals and notched two assists in eight appearances as his side side cruised towards the Greek Super League title.
Previously, Pulido was a member of of the Mexico National team, having scored four times for El Tri, but a legal dispute with his former club, Tigres UANL, put a brief halt to his national team career.
The governor of the state has confirmed armed men seized the Mexican forward, and a special search operation is now underway through the state of Tamaulipas.
This is where Alan Pulido was kidnapped. Maximum security is watching this area in Tamaulipas. https://t.co/k5fHQG8dbK— ⚽Mexico Stats⚽️ (@MexicoStats_Tri) May 29, 2016
His current club Olympiacos have released a message of support for their striker.
1/2 At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Alan. pic.twitter.com/3GdCIfz1Ot— Olympiacos FC (@olympiacos_org) May 29, 2016