Carlos Tevez's stepdad freed after kidnapping

Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni (C) leaves the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of...

Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni (C) leaves the home of Juan Alberto Cabral, father of Juventus' soccer player Carlos Tevez, in Buenos Aires July 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian)

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Argentine soccer star Carlos Tevez's stepfather has been freed following a kidnapping ordeal on Tuesday.

Juan Alberto Cabral was ambushed by a group of thugs while driving his car in Moron, near Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires, and held captive as the criminals made contact with the soccer star's family and demanded a ransom for the patriarch's safe return.

The figure, which has differed in various reports, was paid and Cabral was released after eight hours.

Family spokesperson Gustavo Galasso claims the soccer player's stepfather is "in good shape" and appears physically unharmed.

Cabral helped to raise Tevez as a child after his biological dad was killed.

The former Manchester City star is reportedly on his way home from Italy, where he now plays for Juventus, to be with his family.


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