Juventus star Carlos Tevez has undergone a dramatic ordeal after his father was kidnapped in Buenos Aires yesterday.
Reports from Argentina, which have not been confirmed, state that Segundo Tevez was then released after a payment of around £30,000 was made.
Tevez is believed to have heard the news of the kidnap while preparing for training with Juventus and initially made plans to fly to Argentina.
“I thank everyone for their support always. I’m able to tell you my father is ok, safe and sound. That’s what’s most important," he said on Twitter.
“I also thank... the Buenos Aires and Federal and Anti-kidnapping police (forces) for their support for my family.”
Tevez's brother, Diego, spoke to La Red radio station in Buenos Aires and revealed that initially his father's car was stolen but the kidnappers returned when they saw documents registering the vehicle in the name of Tevez.
Newspaper La Nacion, quoted by Reuters, claims that the kidnappers even told Tevez's father that they respect his son but their actions were a business affair.
It is even reported that the kidnappers lamented Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella's decision to leave Tevez out of the World Cup squad.
Should more be done to protect the families of top players?