The football world has come together to show their support for former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, whose daughter passed away on Thursday.
Xana, aged just nine, died after losing her five-month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Enrique, who bossed Barca for three years between 2014 and 2017, stepped down from his role as Spain manager in June following the news of Xana’s diagnosis.
A statement from Enrique and his family read: “Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of nine, after fighting for five intense months against osteosarcoma.
“We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.
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“Also, we thank the staff of the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the medical nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the team of palliative priests of Sant Joan de Deu.
“We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again.
“You will be the star that guides our family. Rest Xanita. Martinez Cullell family.”
Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric were among those who offered Enrique their condolences, while Lionel Messi, who played under the manager at Barcelona, did the same.
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