José Antonio Reyes Calderón (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse anˈtonjo ˈreʝes kaldeˈɾon]; 1 September 1983 – 1 June 2019) was a Spanish footballer who played mainly as a left winger but also as a forward.He made his professional debut for Sevilla aged 16, and signed for England's Arsenal in January 2004. He returned to Spain after two years, going on to represent the two largest clubs in Madrid, Real and Atlético Madrid, and winning La Liga with the former. He also had a short loan spell in Portugal with Benfica, re-joining Sevilla late in his career and winning the Europa League another three times for a record total of five; after a brief stint at Extremadura, he died in June 2019 at the age of 35 in a car crash.Reyes earned 21 caps for Spain, and represented the nation at the 2006 World Cup. He also made one appearance for the Andalusia autonomous team in 2013.
He is also known as la perla.
On 1 June 2019, Reyes died at the age of 35 following a car accident while traveling between Utrera and Seville with his cousins, Jonathan Reyes, who also died, and Juan Manuel Calderón, who was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Police estimated that the car was traveling between 111 km/h (66 mph) and 130 km/h (81 mph) and that he had suffered a steering or tyre failure which lead to Reyes losing control of the car. This report disputed the earlier claims that he had been traveling at 220 km/h (135 mph) as previously reported.
Many footballers and his former clubs offered their condolences to Reyes' family, and a moment of silence was observed at the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, played in Madrid later that day. His funeral took place on 3 June in his hometown of Utrera, and his last team Extremadura retired his shirt number shortly after.