Former Barcelona and Spain manager, Luis Enrique, has announced the death of his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, from cancer.
Enrique stepped down from his role as Spain manager earlier this year to be with his daughter who fought osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, for five months.
Announcing the passing of his daughter on his Twitter handle, Enrique wrote:”Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9 after fighting for five intense months against osteosarcoma.
“We thank all the gestures of affection received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.
“Also thanks goes to the staff of the San Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, 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.
Enrique became Barcelona manager between 2014 and 2017 and led them to two league titles, three Copa del Rey triumphs and the Champions League in 2015.
He replaced Fernando Hierro as Spain boss after their disastrous World Cup campaign in 2018 and managed the national team in seven matches before stepping aside due to his daughter’s health.