Mexico and Olympiacos footballer Alan Pulido kidnapped

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Mexican international Alan Pulido was kidnapped on Sunday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, a state official said.

Pulido is a striker for Greek side Olympiacos was part of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team although he wasn't called up for the Copa America tournament that starts this coming week.

The official said the 25-year-old player was kidnapped after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of a state that has been plagued by organised crime.

According to local media reports, Pulido left the party with his girlfriend at around 11.30pm local time.

Several trucks are then said to have surrounded the footballer's car before six masked gunmen released his girlfriend and took him away by force.

Pulido debuted and played several seasons with the club Tigres of Monterrey, whose Twitter account expressed solidarity with the player's family "in the difficult situation they are experiencing."

Pulido left Tigres in 2014 to play in Europe, though he has been in a dispute with the Mexican club about whether his contract there continues to be valid. National team coach Carlos Osorio recently said Pulido has the quality to be on the squad, but was left off due to the legal dispute.

In the most recent season, he scored five times in eight appearances with Olympiacos.