Jose Antonio Reyes, the former Arsenal forward, will be buried in his native town of Utrera on Monday as police continue to investigate the high-speed car crash which took his life on a Spanish motorway.
Fans, well-wishers and former La Liga team-mates arrived to pay their respects at a vigil on Sunday after the former Real Madrid and Spain striker’s body was taken to Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Reyes’ 23-year-old cousin Jonathan also died in the accident. According to reports in Spain, the footballer was on his way home to his wife and three children after training, having not been picked by his club Extremadura to play against Cádiz.
The funeral arrangements were announced as Arsenal hailed Reyes’ contribution to the “Invincibles”, one of the most successful sides in their history.
Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, meanwhile, was in tears at the Champions League final, wearing a shirt reading “I love you brother”. Moreno and Reyes played together at Sevilla between 2012, when Reyes returned to his childhood club, and in 2014, when Moreno left for Anfield. The pair won the Europa League together in 2014.
The striker’s son Jose Antonio Reyes Jnr, the eldest of three children, also paid tribute to his father, thanking him in an emotional letter.