Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
The grieving widow of ex-Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes has said the striker “was everything” to her and revealed she was waiting for a video call from him on the day of his death in her first interview since the tragic accident.
Spanish star Reyes’s heartbroken widow Noelia Lopez, 33, gave a telephone interview to Spanish television programme “Viva La Vida” broadcast by Telecinco in her first public interview after the fatal car accident that claimed the life of the footballer and one of his cousins.
The interview comes five months after her tragic loss, however, she assures she is still in mourning saying: “I am trying to find a way out for my daughters. I am trying to move on like any woman with children in my situation would.
“Remembering Jose the best way possible and nothing else, just trying to move on. Time will make the pain turn into something else.”
Lopez added: “I try to stay distracted and not much else. He was everything.”
When asked about how she felt when she first heard the news, Lopez said she was in disbelief saying: “When I heard the news I could not believe because I had just spoken to him.
“He told me he was going to take a bus at 11:30. I was waiting for his video call but since I saw he was not calling, that is when I found out what happened.”
The Spanish star would have turned 36 on 1st September which Lopez celebrated by posting a photo of a picture frame to social media.
On the frame are what seem to be hand-written messages by his daughters reading “Congratulations” and “I love you dad”.
On the back of the frame is written: “The heart never forgets the place it left its best heartbeats.”
The names Noelia (their eldest daughter), Triana (their youngest daughter) and Mami (the Spanish word for mummy referring to his widow Noelia Lopez) are written under the message.
The former footballer’s birth date 1-9-2018 is written to end the message.
The caption of the post reads: “You will always be in my heart.”
Reyes and his cousin, Jonathan Reyes, 23, were killed in the crash on the A-376 motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira in southern Spain.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Reyes’ car hit a crash barrier, bounced off it, leaving over 90 metres of braking marks before it went off the road, hitting a fence which “catapulted” the car.
His other cousin Juan Manuel Calderon, 22, suffered serious burns after trying to save the pair from the vehicle whilst it was in flames.
Jose Antonio Reyes was the first Spanish player to win the Premier League with Arsenal. He was also a La Liga champion with Real Madrid and a three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla.
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