ANKARA – Turkish footballer Ahmet Calik died in a road accident on Tuesday, reminding everyone that he was not the only player in the world of football to die in an accident.
Here are some tragic losses the world of football has witnessed:
Czech striker Sural leaves behind his wife and 2 children
Czech striker of Turkish football club Alanyaspor Josef Sural died in a road accident in the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya at the age of 28.
On April 29, 2019, the accident happened when a minibus carrying Alanyaspor players was returning home from an away game with Kayserispor in Turkey’s central province of Kayseri.
Sural succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Spanish star Reyes killed in car crash
Spanish footballer Jose Antonio Reyes died in a car accident in the southwestern district of Utrera in Seville, Spain, June 1, 2019.
He was playing for Spanish second division club Extremadura when he died aged 35.
Reyes was a pure product of Sevilla, having played for the club’s youth squad and reserves.
Standing out as one of the promising young prospects of the early 2000s, Reyes moved to Arsenal – where he would win the Premier League title – in the 2003/2004 season from Sevilla on a €20m fee. euro ($22). 4 million).
After spending a season at Real Madrid, Reyes preferred to join city rivals Atletico Madrid and Portuguese giants Benfica before returning to his hometown of Sevilla in 2012.
Reyes earned league titles while playing for Arsenal and Real Madrid, and won the European League title five times, more than any other player in the competition’s history.
Sala was the victim of a plane crash
Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala died of head and trunk injuries after the plane taking him to Cardiff from Nantes, France, crashed in the English Channel on January 21, 2019.
Sala, 28, was on his way to join his new club Cardiff City after signing the contract, but the ill-fated plane carrying him disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands.
The aircraft wreckage was found by a private search vessel on February 3, 2019.
The body was recovered from the wreckage of the single-engine aircraft.
Born on October 31, 1990 in the Argentinian town of Cululu near Santa Fe, Sala mainly played as a forward.
Of Italian descent, Sala has spent most of his professional career in France playing for Bordeaux, US Orleans, FC Chamois Niort, SM Caen and finally Nantes.
During his football career, Sala played 200 club matches, where he scored 73 goals in total.
71 people, including members of the Chapecoense team, killed in a plane crash in Colombia
A plane carrying 77 passengers crashed near Medellin in Colombia while on its way to the city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia on November 29, 2016.
The passengers included members of Brazilian football club Chapecoense and nine crew members as the team were due to play in the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional in a two-legged home-and-away format.
Only one crew member, three of the players and two other passengers survived the plane crash.
8 Manchester United players have died in a tragic plane crash
A plane carrying Manchester United team players crashed at Munich Airport when it failed to take off due to extreme weather conditions on February 6, 1958.
As a result of the accident, a total of 23 people, including eight Manchester United players, lost their lives.
The team were returning from a European Cup tie above Red Star Belgrade and the plane stopped in Munich to refuel. (Anadolu)