International Spanish soccer player, José Antonio Reyes, who played for a variety of the largest European clubs, died in a car crash today, June 1st. His former club Sevilla FC announced the event of the 35-year-old’s passing.
The crash happened just before noon while Reyes traveled between his hometown Utrera and Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia. The Spanish news agency EFE reported that emergency crews that arrived on the scene could not save his life.
Reyes most recently played for Extremadura in the Segunda Division. However, he played for Real Madrid before as well as its crosstown rival, Atlético Madrid. Outside of Spain, Reyes had stints with Arsenal and Benfica, London and Lisbon clubs respectively. He also worked with Chinese team Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard just last year.
Mr. Reyes represented his country in 21 games. He was also part of the squad participating in the World Cup back in 2006. By the time Spain became champions in Europe two years later, consolidating its dominance as the strongest team on the continent in winning the 2010 World Cup, Reyes had found himself sidelined from the team due to the emergence of other talented players such as David Silva, a star of Manchester City.
Reyes’ Soccer History Beginnings
At 16-years-old, Reyes became the youngest player in the history of Sevilla to make his start for the club in a game in the top league of Spain. The then coach, Joaquín Caparrós, chose him for the position.
Reyes stayed with the club for five years before returning in 2012 until 2016. During this second time, he and the team won the Europa League three times. Between his two stints at the club, Reyes played for Arsenal, Atlético, and Real Madrid as well as on loan for Benfica. Once he closed his Sevilla chapter, Reyes joined the Catalan club of Espanyol before he switched to the second Spanish division and played for Córdoba.
Many former teammates and other soccer figures gave their condolences. Sergio Ramos, former Sevilla player now one of Spain’s stars and with Real Madrid gave his condolences on Twitter. He tweeted that he felt both broken and destroyed and that he had no words to give. UEFA, European soccer’s governing body also tweeted saying the world of football will miss Reyes.
Sevilla posted on Twitter in both English and Spanish along with the club’s crest adorned with a black ribbon. The tweet reads that they couldn’t have worse news in the loss of the beloved player José Antonio Reyes.