Cesc Fabregas posted a heartbreaking tribute to his old Arsenal team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes, who tragically lost his life this morning.
Spanish TV channel Deportes Cex reported that Reyes had a car crash after returning to his hometown Utrera outside of Seville following a training session at Extremadura UD.
The 35-year-old winger was in a car with two other occupants when the crash occurred on a road between Utrera and Seville.
One passenger is allegedly Reyes’ 23-year-old cousin, Jonathan, who is believed to have also died. It’s understood the third occupant suffered burns.
No word of confirmation on how the accident happened, but apparently excessive speed could be the cause.
Since the news first broke out earlier today, tributes have been pouring in for the popular Reyes, who played for Arsenal and Real Madrid in the past.
Now the 21-time Spain international’s old Gunners team-mate and room-mate Fabregas has posted a touching tribute to his fallen friend.
“My first great friend in the world of professional football, my roommate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning even at -10 degrees,” he wrote on Instagram.
“A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person. I could not wake up today in a worse way.
“I will never forget when you and your family welcomed me at your home in my first Christmas in England when I was alone and was 16 years old.
“I will never forget our tennis football matches in the gym before and after workouts. Our connection in the field was also special, since it was always easy to find yourself between the lines so you could make the difference.
“I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in football and I know that I am not wrong. 2 days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend.
“I will never forget you, we will never forget you. Always in our hearts. Rest in peace Jose Antonio Reyes. Love you very much. Cesc.”
Reyes also played for Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Espanyol, Cordoba and Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard.
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) June 1, 2019