Salvador Reyes, a legendary player for Guadalajara's Chivas and the Mexican national soccer team, has died from colon cancer, the team said. He was 76.

"Club Deportivo Guadalajara is saddened by the loss of one of its greatest idols. May the great Salvador 'Chava' Reyes rest in peace," the team said in a Twitter posting.

Reyes was the all-time scorer for the Chivas and played in three World Cups.

"We lost a great one," Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara told ESPN.

Reyes played for the Chivas from 1957 to 1967, helping the team win seven of its eight titles, with four titles coming in 1958-1959 and 1961-1962.

He scored 122 goals for Guadalajara and was the team leader in goals in the 1960-1961 season.

Reyes played for Guadalajara from 1953-1967, then he suited up for the Los Angeles Toros from 1967-1968, Santos Laguna in 1968-1969 and San Luis in 1969-1972.

The forward played in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the 1962 World Cup in Chile and the 1966 World Cup in England, playing in all the matches for Mexico.

Reyes later coached five different teams from 1969 to 1988. EFE