Spanish soccer star José Antonio Reyes died along with his cousin in a car crash near Seville, Spain, while driving 120 mph as he was driving home to his wife and children, reported The Sun.
He was a star of Real Madrid and Arsenal, having had great success in the 2003-04 Premier League season.
His former club, the Sevilla FC wrote on Twitter on June 1, “We couldn’t bring a worse piece of news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic accident. Rest in Peace.”
To which the captain of the National Spanish team and Real Madrid responded, “Broken. Devastated. I have no words. All the affection for the family. We will remember you forever, friend! RIP brother.”
Roto. Destrozado. No tengo palabras. Todo el cariño a la familia. ¡Siempre te recordaremos, amigo! DEP hermano https://t.co/RKxTsdZlTl
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) June 1, 2019
Estoy rota en mil pedazos???? pic.twitter.com/Bwgh2vwD9J
— #TeamMamarrachas☀️????????|Cicatrices???? (@Marinamora1045) June 1, 2019
Reyes’s cousin, Jonathan, 23, also died in the accident, while another of his cousins, Juan Manuel Calderon, suffered burns on 60 percent of his body and was taken to the hospital after the car accident around 11:40 a.m., reported Marca. Calderon is currently being treated at the hospital.
They were traveling on highway A.376 from Seville to Utrera, when the car steered off the road and ended up in flames.
The 35-year-old Spanish midfielder was enlisted in the soccer team Extremadura. He was the youngest player to debut in Sevilla FC, at only 16 years old of age. As a “gunner” (Arsenal player) he won a Premier league cup and a Community Shield in 2004, as well as an FA Cup, after goalkeeper Ricardo Lopez, he was the first Spanish national to have won the Premier League Cup in England.
He was later assigned to play in Real Madrid, where he won one League, scoring a decisive goal during the encounter with Mallorca, during the last part of the 2006-07 season.
Arsene Wegner, manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018 wrote on Twitter, “I am devastated to hear the terrible news about José. To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts.”
“I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose.
“To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family.
“He will remain forever in our hearts.”
– Arsène Wenger pic.twitter.com/nrq6ldkSap
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 1, 2019
The Arsenal Twitter page wrote, “Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain. Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019 Rest in peace, Jose,” adding, “Jose, who was part of the Invincibles team, was a hugely popular figure at our club and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts are with all his family, friends and team-mates.”
Thanks for the memories, Jose Antonio Reyes ❤️
We will never forget you. pic.twitter.com/drgNVhDQBn
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 1, 2019
Holland national soccer team star Robin van Persie paid tribute to Reyes, “So sad to hear about the tragic news of my former teammate José Antonio Reyes. A fabulous footballer and an even greater person. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP my friend”
So sad to hear about the tragic news of my former team mate José antonio Reyes. A fabulous footballer and an even greater person. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP my friend https://t.co/gUcdyVTxWc
— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) June 1, 2019
Sporting Director Monchi said that “Reyes was the most innate talent to come out of the Sevilla academy.”
Chelsea FC, Manchester Utd., FC Bayern, Liverpool, among many other clubs also sent their condolences.
Sending our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Jose Antonio Reyes, following his tragic passing.
May he rest in peace ♥️ https://t.co/8Ys6yFH0a8
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2019
Today football mourns. Rest in peace, José Antonio Reyes. Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. https://t.co/Ze3lcNuigr
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) June 1, 2019
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of José Antonio Reyes. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
RIP José. https://t.co/IWkLhKzVs0
— LFC USA (@LFCUSA) June 1, 2019