Former Arsenal, Sevilla Winger Jose Antonio Reyes Dies In Car Crash At 35

Reyes was a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ and was playing in Spain’s second division.

Jose Antonio Reyes, a fan favorite wherever he went, died in a car crash on Saturday morning at the age of 35.

The crash occurred in Reyes’ hometown of Utrera outside Seville, Marca reported.

Reyes, a former Arsenal, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid winger, was a member of Arsenal’s “Invincibles” in the 2003-04 season, having joined the London club in January of 2004. He helped the Gunners reach the 2006 Champions League final, his last match with Arsene Wenger’s club before moving on to Atletico Madrid.

Reyes made his Sevilla debut in 1999 at the age of 16 and he made 21 appearances for the Spanish national team. He won two Europa Leagues with Atletico Madrid. After stints at Real Madrid and Benfica, Reyes returned to Sevilla in 2011 and won three more Europa League titles. 

As Reyes’ career wound down, he moved to Espanyol and Cordoba in Spain and Xinjiang in China. In January, he joined Extremadura in Spain’s second division. Extremadura was scheduled to play Sunday but the entire Segunda Division weekend schedule has been postponed until Tuesday. 

A moment of silence will be held in Reyes’ honor before Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid. 

Social media was filled with outpourings of love for Jose Antonio Reyes from around the globe.

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