Former Spanish Football star José Antonio Reyes (35) dies in car crash

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Former Spanish football player José Antonio Reyes died on Saturday in a traffic accident in Seville.

The former player of Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla was only 35 years old.

Since the beginning of this calendar year, Reyes has played for Extremadura, which is the second Spanish football league (Segunda División).

The 21-time international star won many prizes in his career.

With Sevilla, Reyes conquered the Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and he also won that prize in 2010 with Atlético Madrid.

With Arsenal, Real Madrid and Benfica the Spaniard became champion.

Reyes, who in recent years also played for Espanyol, Cordoba and the Chinese Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard, started his career in 2000 at the age of sixteen at Seville.

He is therefore the youngest debutant ever at the club.

In January 2004, Reyes moved to Arsenal, where he played together with, among others, Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Persie.

In his first season the attacker immediately celebrated a championship with ‘The Gunners’.

Successful return to Seville in 2012

Arsenal rented him out to Real in the 2006/2007 season and a year later he signed with Atlético, for which he played for 4.5 years.

Halfway through the 2011/2012 season, Reyes returned to Seville, celebrating his greatest successes.

In his 21 international matches for Spain, Reyes scored four goals.

He played one game on a final tournament; at the 2006 World Cup he participated 69 minutes in the group duel won with Saudi Arabia (1-0).

He assisted defender Juanito’s winning goal.

In the last few months, the experienced Reyes came to nine games and one assist on behalf of Extremadura, which finished 15th in the Segunda División.

Sevilla FC on Twitter

We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.

Watch his best skills and goals tribute here:


Reyes was playing at Extremadura following a career that included eight years at Sevilla and spells at Atlético and Real Madrid. The forward was part of Arsenal’s 2003-04 squad that completed an unbeaten Premier League season, and earned 21 international caps for Spain. A look at his best moments at Arsenal.

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