Former Arsenal winger Jose Antonio Reyes tragically dies in traffic collision

  • Arsenal, Sevilla and Espanyol have paid tribute to their former winger on social media, expressing their support for his family

News reaching us today has confirmed that the former Arsenal, Sevilla and Real Madrid player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in traffic collision at the age of 35.

Sevilla also confirmed that his cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the incident.

The Spaniard was a member of the Arsenal invincible team and lifted the Premiere League title in the 2003-04 season. He also played for Sevilla and Madrid, and most recently Extremadura UD in the Segunda Division after joining in January following a brief stint in China.

Confirming the tragic news, Sevilla tweeted on Saturday: “We could not offer worse news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace.”

Reyes lifted five Europa League titles over a remarkable career. Three Europa leagues with current Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s Sevilla side, and two times with Atletico Madrid. He also won the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid in 2006-07.

The attacking wide-man spent his final year in the Spanish top flight at Espanyol during the 2016-17 season having left Sevilla at the end of his contract.

Espanyol also paid their respects via social media, posting: “Today is a very sad day for the whole Parakeet family. Our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away. From RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, we want to express our deepest condolences and offer all our support to his family and Sevilla.”

Several clubs including Tottenham have paid their tributes via their official social media handles.

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  1. May their soul rip

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