Luis Enrique loses daughter to cancer

Lius Enrique and daughter
Xana lost her five-month battle with cancer on Thursday Credit: GETTY

The football community came together to express condolence and show support to the former Barcelona coach who lost his daughter on Thursday.

His daughter, Xana, aged just nine, died after her five-month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

Enrique stepped down from his role as Spain manager in June following the news of Xana’s diagnosis.

In a statement released by the family, they appreciated everyone that showed support: “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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