Tevez's dad released by kidnappers after pay-off
THE adoptive father of former Manchester City and Manchester United player Carlos Tevez was freed by kidnappers after being held for eight hours.
Segundo Tevez was abducted at 5am in Moron, a suburb west of the capital Buenos Aires. The kidnappers called twice asking the family for money.
A ransom of 400,000 pesos (€36,500) was paid to the kidnappers. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the ransom was paid adhering to the country's security protocol.
Tevez, a 30-year-old striker known as the Apache for the poor neighbourhood where he grew up, had left the Juventus training camp in Italy - where he now plays - to fly home to Buenos Aires and cancelled his trip after being told his father had been freed.
It was a random kidnapping that began when the criminals stole his car, and decided to abduct him after realising he was Tevez's father.
Tevez, who played for Argentina's national soccer team in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments after winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004, has also lined out for Argentine Club Atletico Boca Juniors, Brazil's Corinthians and Juventus last season.