Ex Arsenal, Real Madrid and Spain star Jose Antonio Reyes has been killed in a car crash, his hometown club Sevilla have reported on Saturday. He was 35.
Reyes rose to fame at Sevilla before being bought by Arsene Wenger where he was part of the ‘Invincible’ 2003-2004 Premier League winners. He then had spells at spells at Real and Atletico Madrid.
EFA have announced they will hold a minute’s silence in his honour ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool for the player.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger signed Reyes on the back of Spain’s Under-19’s European championships win where he played alongside Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta, and a dazzling series of matches with Sevilla the following season (www.afp.com).
Arsenal have described the death as “awful news”.
“Reyes was, of course, a member of the Invincibles,” Arsenal went on to say on their website.
“(He) made a significant contribution to that unbeaten season.”
“Thanks for what you gave us, and rest in peace,”
Reyes won the Premier League and FA Cup medals at Arsenal and came on as a late substitute when the Gunners lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.
“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” Sevilla said;
“Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace,” Sevilla, where he spent two four-year spells, said on Twitter.
Spain captain Sergio Ramos, who is also from Seville, came through the youth team just after Reyes and later played with him at Real Madrid. He tweeted his grief.
“Broken. Shattered,” wrote Ramos.
He went to to say “I have no words. All the affection for the family. We will always remember you, my friend! RIP brother.”
Reyes was to play 21 times for Spain between 2003 and 2006 and he scored four goals.
He also won domestic league titles with Real Madrid and Benfica.
After leaving Sevilla, Reyes played for Espanyol, Cordoba and Xinjian Tianshan in China, before arriving at Extremadura this year as a free agent.
He was a terrific player and he has left us far to soon.