Former Arsenal, Real Madrid football player, Antonio Reyes has reportedly died this morning June 1st in a car accident at the age of 35.
His current Spanish club, Sevilla confirmed the news this morning with a tweet that reads, ‘we couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace’.
Friends, team-mates and fans have written tributes to Jose Antonio Reyes after the news of his tragic death in a car crash at just 35-years-old.
The former Arsenal, Sevilla and Real Madrid striker was killed in a crash in Spain on Saturday afternoon with the football world hit badly by the horribly sad news.
The Spaniard has most recently been playing for Extremadura in the Spanish second flight, after spells at Espanyol, Cordoba and in China with Xinjiang Tianshen Leopard.
Reyes is best known in the UK for his time at Arsenal from 2004-07, during which he won the Premier League, FA Cup and a runners-up medal in the Champions League.
Reyes was just 35-years-old at the time of his death (Picture: Getty Images)
Former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry tweeted: ‘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. #takenfartoosoon’
esc Fabregas posted an emotional tribute on Instagram: ‘My first great friend in the world of professional football, my roommate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning even at -10 degrees.
‘A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person. I could not wake up today in a worse way.
I will never forget when you and your family welcomed me at your home in my first Christmas in England when I was alone and was 16 years old. I will never forget our tennis football matches in the gym before and after workouts.
‘Our connection in the field was also special, since it was always easy to find yourself between the lines so that you could later mark the differences. I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in our football and I know that I am not wrong. 2 days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend.
‘I will never forget you, we will never forget you. Always in our hearts. Rest in peace Jose Antonio Reyes. Love you very much.’
Freddie Ljunberg, who also played with Reyes in north London tweeted: ‘Numbed by the news about my former team-mate, Jose Antonio Reyes. Gone far too soon, my thoughts are with his family and friends.’