Former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed his daughter Xana has died after suffering from bone cancer.
Luis Enrique stepped down from the Spain post in June after missing their three previous matches, having been granted leave in March for what was described as a family emergency.
Robert Moreno was confirmed as Luis Enrique’s successor, although Luis Rubiales, head of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “Our doors will always be open to him”.
On Thursday, the ex-Barcelona boss confirmed nine-year-old Xana has passed away.
“Our daughter Xana has died this afternoon at the age of nine, after fighting for five intense months against osteosarcoma,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
An outpouring of support has followed for the coach and his family, from players, clubs as well as many outside the sport.