José Antonio Reyes, Spanish Soccer Participant, Dies in Automotive Crash at 35

MADRID — José Antonio Reyes, a Spanish soccer worldwide who performed for a number of of the most important golf equipment in Europe, together with Arsenal within the Premier League, died on Saturday in a automotive crash, his former membership Sevilla FC introduced. He was 35.

The crash occurred earlier than midday whereas Mr. Reyes was touring on a highway linking Utrera, his hometown, and Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia, the Spanish information company EFE reported. Emergency companies crews couldn’t save his life, the report mentioned.

Mr. Reyes was enjoying most not too long ago for Extremadura within the Segunda Division. However he previously performed for Actual Madrid and its crosstown rival, Atlético Madrid. Outdoors Spain, he had stints with Arsenal, the London powerhouse, and Benfica, the Lisbon membership, in addition to a Chinese language workforce, Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard, the place he performed final 12 months.

As a nationwide workforce participant, Mr. Reyes represented Spain in 21 video games and was a part of the squad that took half within the 2006 World Cup. By the point Spain grew to become European champions, in 2008, and consolidated its dominance because the Continent’s strongest workforce by profitable the 2010 World Cup, he discovered himself sidelined from the squad by the emergence of different gifted gamers like David Silva, one of many stars of Manchester Metropolis.

At age 16, he grew to become the youngest participant in Sevilla historical past to make his debut for the membership in a recreation in Spain’s prime league, for which he was picked by the workforce’s then coach, Joaquín Caparrós.

He stayed with the membership for 5 years, after which returned in 2012 for a second stint that led to 2016, throughout which he and his workforce received the Europa League thrice. In between, he performed for Arsenal, Actual Madrid, Atlético, and on mortgage for the Lisbon membership Benfica. After closing his Sevilla chapter, he joined the Catalan membership of Espanyol earlier than switching to the second Spanish division, enjoying for Córdoba.

A number of former teammates and different soccer figures supplied their condolences. Sergio Ramos, a former Sevilla participant who’s now one of many stars of Spain and Actual Madrid, wrote on Twitter that he felt “damaged, destroyed. I don’t have phrases.” UEFA, the governing physique of European soccer, additionally wrote on Twitter that “Reyes shall be sorely missed by the soccer world.”

Sevilla mentioned in posts on Twitter in English and Spanish that displayed the membership’s crest with a black ribbon: “We couldn’t provide worse information. Our beloved participant José Antonio Reyes has died in a visitors accident.”

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