Ex Arsenal star Reyes sets astonishing Europa League record

Sevilla Football Club

The Sevilla winger's recent Europa League success makes him the most decorated player of all time in the competition.

Jose Antonio Reyes' three year spell at Arsenal oversaw the Londoners' last Premier League title, while he was also involved as the club won an FA Cup and were runners up in the Champions League between 2004 and 2007.

However, since leaving the Gunners, Reyes has become something of a legend in another major competition, something he added to when he won the Europa League this week for a record fourth time.

But it isn't just the number of times that Reyes has won the Europa League that is noteworthy, it is his success in a concentrated period of time.

The Spaniard has won four of the last six titles in Europe's second continental competition, only failing to win the trophy in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, when Porto and then Chelsea were successful.

Reyes first won the Europa League in 2009-10, the competition's first since changing from the Uefa Cup, as part of an Atletico Madrid side that would then go on to win it once again in 2011-12.

Of course, he then won the trophy after returning to boyhood club Sevilla, who won it in 2013-14, meaning that with Wednesday's second successive trophy for the La Liga side, Reyes has won the Europa League for three successive seasons.

It is a record no other player can claim in European football since the dominant Real Madrid side of the late 1950s.

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