Alan Pulido has been rescued some 24 hours after being abducted, the Tamaulipas state government said in a statement.

Pulido was rescued at around midnight on Sunday, the statement said, in a joint operation by state and federal security forces. 

Pulido, a striker who plays for Olympiacos in Greece and has represented Mexico, was abducted after leaving a party with his girlfriend in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, some 200 miles south of the Texas border.