JOSE ANTONIO REYES’ coffin rested at Sevilla’s stadium earlier today, with Sergio Ramos and Raul Gonzalez leading tributes to the late footballer.
The Arsenal icon tragically died in a car crash near Seville yesterday at the age of 35 as he was heading home to his wife and kids.
11 Jose Antonio Reyes’ coffin rested at Sevilla’s stadium earlier today Credit: AFP or licensors
11 Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos attended the wakeCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Former Los Blancos star Raul Gonzalez paid tribute to the former Arsenal starCredit: EPA
Reyes’ funeral is set to take place on Monday morning in his hometown Utrera.
But earlier today well-wishers could pay tribute to the ex-Arsenal star during his wake at Ramos Sanchez Pizjuan, where he spent eight seasons in two stints during his career.
Real Madrid skipper Ramos and former Spain star Raul both attended the touching ceremony at the stadium.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, Sevilla captain Jesus Navas and former Brazil star Luisao also paid homage to the late footballer.
While Sevilla director of football Monchi, visibly overcome with emotions, was seen hiding his face in his hands and sobbing.
Saddened fans turned up to the wake in Reyes’ Arsenal No9 shirt to say their last goodbyes.
11 Monchi sobs at Reyes’ wake at Ramos Sanchez PizjuanCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Real Madrid president attends Reyes’ wakeCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Former Brazil star Luisao (third left) turns up to Reyes’ wake alongside Sevilla president Jose CastroCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Reyes’ coffin is carried to Sevilla’s stadiumCredit: AFP or licensors
11 A fan wearing Reyes’ Arsenal No9 shirt says last goodbyes to the former Gunners starCredit: EPA
The ex-Gunner star was part of Arsenal’s Invincibles side that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten and won the Premier League.
His funeral will be held at 9:30am tomorrow at Santa Maria Church after his coffins has been moved to the town hall for an overnight wake.
Reyes was killed when his Mercedes Brabus S550V went off the A-376 motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira close to Seville yesterday.
Local paper Diario de Sevilla reported the car became a ball of fire and said it is thought the late footballer may have been driving at around 120mph before the vehicle came off the road.
It is understood Reyes was on his way home to his family after training, having not been picked for the match against Cadiz tomorrow, Spanish media reports.
His 23-year-old cousin Jonathan Reyes also died in the accident.
While another cousin Juan Manuel Calderon, suffered 60 per cent burns and was taken to hospital after the car crashed at 11.45am.
Reyes leaves behind two daughters, Noelia, five, and Triana, two, with wife Noelia Lopez, and a son, 11-year-old Jose Antonio Jr, from a previous relationship.
Lopez has revealed in a heart-breaking Instagram post that the pair celebrated their eighth anniversary just five days before the ex-Arsenal star’s death.
11 A picture of Reyes and his children lies on the late footballer’s coffinCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Sevilla president Castro (right) embraces Reyes’ fatherCredit: AFP or licensors
11 Fans left flowers and lit candles next to Reyes’ portraitCredit: Reuters
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