Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a car crash, his former club Sevilla have confirmed.
The 21-cap former Spain international, who made 22 appearances for Arsenal’s unbeaten ‘Invincibles’, was in a crash while in Spain.
Sevilla wrote in a tweet: "We couldn't be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace."
The forward scored eight goals for Arsene Wenger’s historic Arsenal side, which went 49 Premier League matches unbeaten.
That streak saw them lift the title in 2003-04, before continuing that run into the following season.
We couldn't be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/qeGl2nsi3c
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) June 1, 2019
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AT6rLFutvI
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 1, 2019
He scored 16 league goals for the Gunners during his three-year spell there between 2004-2007.
As well as lifting three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla, he was also part of the Atletico Madrid squad that won the competition in 2010 and 2012.
Atletico said in a tweet: “The Atletico de Madrid family is in mourning. Our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has passed away. You will forever be in our hearts. Rest in peace.”
FC Barcelona wishes to express their deepest condolences for the death of footballer José Antonio Reyes, a brilliant and charismatic player; one of the most outstanding figures and with a great trajectory in football. Rest in peace.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 1, 2019
Reyes spent four years at Atletico after joining the club in 2007. The previous season he had helped Real Madrid win LaLiga during a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Reyes also featured for both Espanyol and Benfica, among others.
His trophy-laden career saw him lift a domestic league title on three occasions in total while he also won the Europa League five times.
Former team-mate Freddie Ljungberg led the tributes and messages of condolence for Reyes, while football fans from around the globe paid their respects.
Reyes: ‘A genius’ and ‘exceptional human being’
Numbed by the news about my former team-mate, Jose Antonio Reyes. Gone far too soon, my thoughts are with his family and friends
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) June 1, 2019
I’m devastated to hear the sad news about José 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
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) June 1, 2019
Reyes was a genius. His second golden era at Sevilla got him the trophies with his boyhood club that he deserved. This one cuts deep.
— Lee Roden (@LeeRoden89) June 1, 2019
— isaac lacey (@isaaclacey1) June 1, 2019
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who like Reyes came up through the youth ranks at Sevilla and was a team-mate of his with Spain and Real, tweeted his shock at the death of his friend.
The 33-year-old wrote in Spanish: “Broken. Destroyed. I have no words. All the love to the family. We’ll always remember you, friend! RIP brother.”
DEP José Antonio Reyes
Uno de los hérores de la Liga de las remontadas pic.twitter.com/NUZkXNJ7GK
— Afición Real Madrid (@aficion_Rmadrid) June 1, 2019