Tributes pour in from Messi, Suarez and more after Luis Enrique announcement of


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

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

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

Luis Enrique announced the death of daughter Xana, pictured together after Barcelona won the Champions League in 2015, at the age of nine

Luis Enrique announced the death of daughter Xana, pictured together after Barcelona won the Champions League in 2015, at the age of nine 

Xana had fought osteosarcoma - or bone cancer - for 'five intense months', it was revealed

Xana had fought osteosarcoma – or bone cancer – for ‘five intense months’, it was revealed

Enrique with son Pacho, 19, wife Elena Cullell, daughter Sira, 18, and Xana on a family holiday

Enrique with son Pacho, 19, wife Elena Cullell, daughter Sira, 18, and Xana on a family holiday

Lionel Messi paid tribute on Instagram, writing: 'We are with you, all the strength of the world.'

Lionel Messi paid tribute on Instagram, writing: ‘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.

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

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu left this tribute to Enrique on his Twitter account

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu left this tribute to Enrique on his Twitter account

The Barcelona and Brazil legend Rivaldo posted this image of father and daughter

The Barcelona and Brazil legend Rivaldo posted this image of father and daughter

The Real Madrid squad held a minute's silence before their training session on Friday

The Real Madrid squad held a minute’s silence before their training session on Friday

Luis Suarez, who played under him at Barcelona, wrote: ‘Moment of much pain and sadness. Rest in peace XANITA. A lot of strength Luis Enrique, Elena and family!’

Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea said he was left ‘speechless’ by the youngster’s death.

Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos said: ‘Mister, all our support and love for you and your family. There are no words, but you always have us by your side.’ 

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian posted: ‘Horrible news that make us rethink our lives and what is really important about it. My deepest condolences Luis Enrique And all your family. FORCES!! DEP Xana.’

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also paid tribute in his pre-match press conference on Friday: ‘First of all I want to send my condolences to Luis Enrique and my thoughts are with him and his family in this very difficult moment. I want to send him my love and my heart.’

Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos passed on his best wishes via Twitter

Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos passed on his best wishes via Twitter

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea paid tribute to Xana on Twitter

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea paid tribute to Xana on Twitter

The Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian said the news put everything into perspective

The Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian said the news put everything into perspective 

Javier Mascherano tweeted: ‘Speechless. Rest in Peace Xana. We will always remember you with a lot of love. Luis and Elena hug them with our…



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