The football world mourns the loss of José Antonio Reyes, killed in a car crash

The wreckage of the car.
The wreckage of the car. / EFE
  • The former Sevilla, Real Madrid and Arsenal forward's car came off the road in Alcalá de Guadaira when travelling at 237km/h

Seven Segunda games to be played last weekend were postponed until Tuesday following the death of Extremadura forward José Antonio Reyes on Saturday.

Reyes, who was 35, as well as his cousin Jonathan, died after the car Reyes was driving came off the road at an estimated 237km/h (147mph) at 11.40amin Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville), according to the Guardia Civil's accident report.

A puncture in a tyre on his Mercedes Brabus S550V, as well as the excessive speed, is believed to be blame for the car coming off the road, hitting some concrete blocks, before flipping over and bursting into flames.

The coffin of the former Spain international was taken to Sevilla's Ramán Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium on Sunday where it was visited by more than 11,000 fans.

Reyes' coffin was carried through the streets of his hometown Utrera the following daw before his funeral took place at the Santa María de Mesa, with a flag of Sevilla draped around his coffin.

Tributes from far and wide

Reyes during his time with Arsenal.

Reyes during his time with Arsenal. / Reuters

Reyes, who was still a professional with Segunda side Extremadura, made his breakthrough with Sevilla, winning three Europa League titles during his two spells with the side, making over 200 appearances and scoring 40 goals.

Reyes was also part of Arsenal's 'invincibles' squad that went unbeaten on the way to winning the Premier League in 2004.

Thierry Henry, who played with Reyes during this time, said: "He was a marvellous footballer and an exceptional human being. I hope his family and friends have the strength to overcome this difficult moment.

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

A minute's silence was held in his honour before the Champions League final on Saturday as the football world paused to pay tribute.