A great footballer, always11 humble, always smiling
Fabregas leads tributes after ace Jose Reyes dies in horror smash
TRAGIC soccer star Jose Antonio Reyes was yesterday hailed a “great footballer” and a “great person” as tributes poured in following his death in a horror car crash.
even at -100C. I always say you have been one of the greatest talents in football.”
Reyes was one of Arsenal’s Invincibles – the only Premier side ever to go an entire season without defeat in the 2003/2004 season.
Their manager at the time Arsene Wenger wrote: “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.” Ex-Arsenal ace Thierry Henry described him as a “superb team mate and exceptional human being”.
Former Gunners winger Freddie Ljungberg said he was “numbed” by the tragedy. Fan Piers Morgan called the news “desperately sad & shocking”.
Reyes began his career at Sevilla FC at 16, becoming the youngest player to make a professional debut at the club.
He notched up 21 caps for Spain and played at the 2006 World Cup. He leaves a wife Noelia Lopez, who he married in 2017, two daughters Noelia and Triana, and a son Jose Antonio.
mate as: “A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person... My first great friend in the world of professional football, my roommate, who always wanted to sleep with the air-conditioning
The former Arsenal striker, 35, was on his way home from his Spanish club when his car exploded in a ball of flames.
His 23-year-old cousin Jonathan Reyes was also killed in the crash. Another cousin, Juan Manuel Calderon, was rushed to hospital with horrific burns. His condition was last night “very serious”.
Local media say investigators believe dad-of-three Reyes may have been driving around 120mph - some 50mph over the speed limit - when his Mercedes Brabus
S550V came off a motorway, hit concrete blocks, rolled several times and burst into flames.
No other vehicle was involved in the accident, near the town of Alcala de Guada, between his current club Extremadura and his hometown Utrera. The town has now declared two days of mourning.
Cesc Fabregas, who played with Reyes at Arsenal and for Spain, led the outpourings of grief. The midfielder described his old team
WED With bride Noelia HERO At Arsenal WRECK Crane lifts Mercedes MANGLED Burnt-out car at scene of crash