Former Barcelona and Spain manager Luis Enrique has announced the heartbreaking news that his daughter Xana has died at the age of nine.
The tactical genius shared a message on social media on Thursday evening which revealed Xana had passed away after a five-month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Enrique stepped down from his role in charge of the national team in June after the devastating diagnosis.
The statement from Enrique and his family read:
“Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9, after fighting for 5 intense months against osteosarcoma.
“We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.
“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.”
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