Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car accident

Sports Jun 01, 2019 11:28

Former Arsenal, Sevilla and Spain forward Jose Antonio Reyes has died following a car accident.

Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car accident
Jose Antonio Reyes has died at the age of 35

The news was confirmed on Twitter by his boyhood club Sevilla, for whom Reyes played nearly 250 games.

Arsenal FC:"The 35-year-old was with Extremadura in Spain's second division, and played his most recent match just two weeks ago.

Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain. Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019 Rest in peace, Jose"

Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car accident
Jose Antonio Reyes has died at the age of 35

Reyes had two spells with Sevilla, who said: "We couldn't be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace."

The Spanish FA released a statement, reading: "Spanish football, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and all those who are part of the Spanish national football team lament the death of the international player with Spain Jose Antonio Reyes."

Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car accident
Reyes spent two-and-a-half seasons with Arsenal and was part of the team that famously went unbeaten in the Premier League during the 2003/04 season

Reyes joined Arsenal from Sevilla in January 2004 and was part of the side that went unbeaten during the 2003/04 Premier League season on their way to winning the title. He also won the FA Cup with the Gunners.

Reyes then moved to Real Madrid on loan in 2006, where he won a La Liga title, before moving to their city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2007.

thierryhenry:"I’m devastated to hear the sad news about José Antonio Reyes. Wonderful player, superb team mate and exceptional human being. I wish his family and friends continued strength and courage to get through this difficult time."

Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes dies in car accident

Reyes also spent time with Benfica, Espanyol, Cordoba and Chinese side Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard before joining Extremadura in January.

He also won 22 caps for Spain, scoring four goals for his country.

The Spanish FA (RFEF) has postponed the seven Segunda Division games scheduled for Sunday following Reyes' death, confirming they will now be played on Tuesday.

UEFA say there will be a minute's silence before the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday night in memory of Reyes.

He won two Europa League titles with Atletico before returning to Sevilla, where he won three more Europa Leagues. He is the only player to have won the competition five times.

Unai Emery, the Arsenal head coach who worked with Reyes at Sevilla, wrote on Twitter: "Deeply sad and speechless after learning of this tragic news. I'll never forget your magic and your smile Jose, never. It was an honour to be by your side...a strong hug and all the spirit of the world to family, friends and clubs he represented. RIP friend."

Source: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11732862/former-arsenal-and-sevilla-forward-jose-antonio-reyes-dies-in-car-accident?fbclid=IwAR09zWHWkCegb4aBjm6tclxZQeMjeBXQK3ITTDAV-GZOpyv1Vp_s

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