Jose Antonio Reyes, Former Arsenal Striker, Killed In Car Crash Aged 35

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Former Arsenal and Spain striker Jose Antonio Reyes has been killed in a car crash aged 35.

The Spaniard, who was currently playing for Segunda Division side Extremadura, died on Saturday.

In a tweet, his former club Sevilla FC said: “We could not offer worse news. Our beloved squad member José Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident. Rest in peace.”

Reyes made his professional debut for Sevilla FC aged just 16 before signing for Arsenal in 2004.

He was part of Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ squad that won the 2004 Premier League title without suffering defeat.

Reyes also played for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Benfica during his career, as well as winning 21 caps for Spain.

Reyes’ former Arsenal team-mates Thierry Henry and Ray Parlour took to Twitter to express their condolences.

Henry tweeted: “I’m devastated to hear the sad news about Jose Antonio Reyes. Wonderful player, superb team mate and exceptional human being. I wish his family and friends continued strength and courage to get through this difficult time. #takenfartoosoon.”

Parlour added: “So Sad team mate of mine and great talent RIP Jose.”

After starting his career at local club Sevilla, he returned to the Andalusian side in 2012, helping them to win three successive Europa League titles.

He left the club in 2016 and played for Espanyol, Cordoba and Chinese side Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard before returning to Spain to join Extremadura earlier this year.

The second division club said in a statement on their Twitter account: “With a broken heart Extremadura UD announce the death of their player Jose Antonio Reyes in a traffic accident.”

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