Luis Enrique's daughter Xana passed away on Thursday following a battle with bone cancer.

On Thursday evening Luis issued a statement announcing the death, he said, “Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma (bone cancer)," according to The Independent.

Josep Maria Bartomeu, the president of Barcelona also sent out his condolences to Luis and his family via Twitter. "All of our support and compassion goes to Luis Enrique, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time."

Luis Enrique is the former manager for the FC Barcelona team.

Before he decided to become a manager he was known for his football skills in the field. He was both a talented player as well as a manager. He decided to quit being a manager so he can devote his time and effort into helping his daughter Xana battle cancer.


Xana was the daughter of Luis, she was nine years old when she passed away after suffering from a bone cancer called osteosarcoma, which is the most common bone cancer for teenagers and young adults.

Luis decided to leave his managerial career last June so that he could spend more time being surrounded by his family during this hard time.

Luis was not only known as one of the greatest football players in his time but the legacy and the love and dedication the sport is still lived in the game.

He was a very supportive father throughout the journey of his daughter Xana his charisma and kindness are what is making him one of the respected players of this generation.

Luis Enrique Martínez García

People, who know and understand the football sport, will know how much of a versatile player Luis was, throughout his football career he has proved to everyone that he is capable of playing in any position.

Yet in most of his games throughout his career, he played as a midfielder or as a forward.

From 1991 to 2004, he has played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and appeared in 500 official games and scored more than 100 goals, he also played with the Spanish national team in three World Cups and one European Championship, people used to comment on his persistence and stamina on the field.

Managerial career

On May 26, 2008, Luis decided to return to Barcelona to pursue his managerial career with a football team called Barcelona B, he trained the entire team well that he even brought them back to the Segunda Division after 11 years.

In mid-March 2011, he decided that he will be leaving this team at the end of the campaign.

Despite him managing different teams and clubs, Luis decided to return to Barcelona on 19th May 2014 for a two-year deal. His manager career with this club has shown it’s ups and downs, yet despite everything, Luis still had the best sportsmanship attitude through it all.