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The nine-year-old daughter of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has died after a five-month battle with cancer.

Enrique, 49, paid tribute to Xana in a heartbreaking post on Thursday afternoon, describing her as ‘the star that guides our family’.

Xana had fought osteosarcoma – or bone cancer –  for ‘five intense months’, the Spaniard revealed on Twitter.
   
Xana was the youngest of three children born to Enrique and wife Elena Cullell. The couple also have a 19-year-old son named Pacho and an 18-year-old daughter, Sira.

Enrique, who also coached the Spanish national team, thanked those who had sent well wishes over recent months and medical staff for their ‘dedication’.

In a statement from his official account, he wrote: ‘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.

 

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