Former Arsenal player Jose Antonio Reyes killed in vehicle accident

Arnold Nichols
June 2, 2019

The news was confirmed by Sevilla, the club tweeted: "We couldn't be confirming worse news".

During a garlanded career that spanned nearly two decades, he amassed major honours across the continent with Sevilla, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Benfica, and was also a UEFA European Under-19 victor with Spain in 2002.

Former Arsenal and Spain striker Jose Antonio Reyes has been killed in a auto crash.

"He had a glittering career and won numerous honours wherever he played and I am shocked and saddened that his life has been so tragically cut short". "He will remain forever in our hearts".

The emergency services in Andalusia and the authorities in the player's home town, Utrera, said Reyes died in an accident on the main road from Sevilla to Utrera.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who like Reyes came up through the youth ranks at Sevilla and played alongside him for Spain and Madrid, also expressed his sadness.

Cesc Fabregas wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter reminiscing about the time he spent with Reyes, who he described as his "first great friend in the world of professional football, my room-mate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning on even when it was -10 degrees".

Reyes also played in the Champions League final against Barcelona in 2006.

Reyes signed for second-tier Spanish side Extremadura UD on a five-month deal in January 2019 after a spell in China. Shattered. I have no words.

He joined Real Madrid on loan in the 2006/07 season, winning the La Liga title and later joined neighbours Atletico before returning to boyhood club Sevilla in 2012.

Pepe Reina has offered condolences to the family of his former Spain team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who died on Saturday.

He helped Sevilla win the Spanish second division in his first stint at the club.

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With Sevilla he won it three more times as Unai Emery's side dominated the competition, winning it in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He also made 21 appearances for Spain between 2003-06.

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