Lionel Messi leads tributes after Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana loses her battle with bone cancer

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The world of football has been thrown into grief after former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique announced his nine-year-old daughter Xana had died from bone cancer.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi who led the tributes, saying: ‘We are with you, all the strength of the world.’

Club legend Rivaldo posted a picture of Enrique and Xana on Instagram, writing: ‘My sincere feelings to my friend Luis Enrique for the loss of his daughter Xana.

‘May God be comforting the heart of the family. A lot of strength in this difficult time.’

The Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu tweeted: All of our support and compassion goes to @luisenrique21, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time.

Tributes poured in from clubs around the world and players past and present after Enrique revealed the sad news on Thursday.

‘All the Barca family are touched by the loss of Xana. Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martínez Cullell family.’

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.

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