Alberto Moreno was in tears over Jose Antonio Reyes ahead of the Champions League final
“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” the La Liga club tweeted.
“Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace.”
Before the Champions League final, everyone inside Wanda Metropolitano observed a minute’s applause in memory of the former forward.
As those who knew the 35-year-old tried to keep a stiff upper lip, the pain running through Moreno was visible.
The left-back, one of 12 Liverpool players on the bench for the Madrid showdown, looks glassy-eyed when the camera panned to him at the start of the 60 seconds.
When it cut back to Moreno, he was clearly fighting back the tears as he remembered his late team-mate, with whom he played for two years at Sevilla.
Reyes won three Europa League titles and the Segunda Division with his boyhood club and was lauded in a Sevilla statement.
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“Born in Utrera, where he had most recently played in the ranks of Extremadura UD, Reyes is one of the most treasured products of Sevilla’s academy, who, after impressing in the youth ranks of the Club, made history in the First Team,” it said.
“After standing out as one of the most promising stars of Spanish football and already a Spanish international, Reyes moved to Arsenal FC in the 03/04 season.
“There, he formed part of the ‘Invincibles’ Arsenal team who went undefeated in a victorious Premier League campaign, while the investment from his transfer allowed Sevilla to grow into the Club it is today.
“One of the most beloved pearls of Sevilla FC’s history leaves us too soon, leaving a glowing legacy behind him. 22 Spanish international appearances and a magnificent list of honours.”