Jose Antonio Reyes: Former Arsenal winger dies aged 35

Jose Antonio Reyes in motion for Arsenal

Former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a automobile accident aged 35, Spanish membership Sevilla have introduced.

“We could not be confirming worse information,” the La Liga membership stated on Twitter.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners from the La Liga aspect in January 2004 and was a part of the ‘Invincibles’ aspect that went by the 2003-04 season unbeaten, profitable the Premier League.

He later spent a season on mortgage at Actual Madrid in 2006-07, profitable La Liga.

The La Liga membership paid tribute to the “everlasting legend”, including he was “some of the precious house grown gamers within the historical past of the membership”.

Reyes leaves behind his spouse Noelia Lopez, who he married in June 2017, and three kids, daughters Noelia and Triana and son Jose Antonio Jr from a earlier relationship.

A minute’s silence shall be noticed at Saturday’s Champions League ultimate as a mark of respect to Reyes, who was the primary Spaniard to win the Premier League.

Henry leads tributes to ‘distinctive human’ Reyes

Arsenal paid tribute to their former participant, saying they’re “devastated by the stunning information”.

Gunners legend Thierry Henry, who performed alongside Reyes between 2004-2007, known as him a “great participant, very good team-mate and distinctive human being”.

“I want his household and buddies continued power and braveness to get by this troublesome time. #takenfartoosoon”, he added on Twitter.

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas known as Reyes his “first nice pal on the earth of professional soccer”, and added: “My room-mate, who all the time wished to sleep with the air con even at -10 levels.

“A humble man who all the time had a smile on his face, nice footballer and nice particular person. I couldn’t get up in the present day in a worse manner.

“I’ll always remember once you and your loved ones welcomed me at your house in my first Christmas in England after I was alone and was 16 years outdated. I’ll always remember our tennis soccer matches within the fitness center earlier than and after exercises.

“Our connection within the discipline was additionally particular.

“I all the time say that you’ve been one of many biggest skills in our soccer and I do know that I’m not improper.

“Two days in the past I used to be speaking about you in an interview, it may be an indication, who is aware of, to recollect you, my nice pal.

“I’ll always remember you, we’ll always remember you. All the time in our hearts. Relaxation in peace Jose Antonio Reyes. Love you very a lot. Cesc.”

Former team-mate Freddie Ljungberg stated: “Numbed by the information about my former team-mate, Jose Antonio Reyes. Gone far too quickly, my ideas are along with his household and buddies.”

Present Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery, who Reyes performed beneath at Sevilla, shared a poignant tribute: “Deeply unhappy and speechless after figuring out this tragic information. I will always remember your magic and your smile, Jose, by no means. It was an honour to be by your aspect… A robust hug and all of the spirit of the world to household, buddies and golf equipment to which he represented. RIP Good friend.”

Former Atletico Madrid team-mate Sergio Aguero stated: “Moved by the demise of José Antonio Reyes, an excellent pal and associate with whom I shared nice moments. Numerous ache. My condolences and all my help to your kinfolk”.

Eufa president Aleksander Ceferin stated: “He had a glittering profession and gained quite a few honours wherever he performed and I’m shocked and saddened that his life has been so tragically minimize quick.”

His present membership Extremadura stated in an announcement on Twitter: “With a damaged coronary heart Extremadura UD announce the demise of their participant Jose Antonio Reyes in a visitors accident.”

Reyes’ ultimate match was a 1-Zero win at Alcorcon on 18 Might. The Spanish second division aspect’s away recreation to Cadiz, which was resulting from happen on Sunday, has been postponed till Tuesday, together with the league’s different fixtures that have been resulting from happen that day.

A profession stuffed with trophies

Within the 1999-2000 season, Reyes made his debut aged simply 16 years outdated – the youngest in Sevilla’s historical past.

After leaving the Gunners in 2007 he gained the Europa League twice at Atletico Madrid and thrice at Sevilla.

In January 2019, Reyes joined Spanish second division strugglers Extremadura.

Final yr, it was reported that Reyes was set to return to Arsenal as a coach beneath Unai Emery, who he performed for at Sevilla.

Reyes joined Arsenal in a deal price about £17m in 2004 and in Might 2005, he turned the second participant to be despatched off in an FA Cup ultimate, as Arsenal beat Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out.

He additionally performed within the 2006 Champions League ultimate because the Gunners misplaced 2-1 to Barcelona.

Reyes’ profession in photographs

Reyes joined Sevilla’s youth workforce aged 10, earlier than making his primary squad debut within the 1999-2000 serason aged simply 16
Pictured at a qualification recreation (second from left, backside row) for the 2004 Euros alongside his Spain team-mates
He signed for Arsenal in a deal price about £17m in 2004
Reyes performed alongside Thierry Henry in Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04
Reyes (left) alongisde Actual Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos and Ruud van Nistelrooy through the La Liga-winning 2007 parade
Former Atletico team-mate Sergio Aguero known as him a “an excellent pal and associate with whom I shared nice moments”
Reyes gained his most up-to-date trophy with Sevilla, when the La Liga aspect beat Liverpool within the 2015-16 Europa League ultimate

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