Luis Enrique has paid tribute to his daughter Xana on what would have been her 13th birthday.
The Spain national team head coach was preparing his team for their World Cup group stage clash with Germany in a huge contest for both nations’ hopes of progressing.
Enrique paid tribute to his daughter Xana on what would have been her 13th birthdayRex Features
Xana passed away following a battle with cancer at the age of just 9AFP – Getty
However Enrique put football into sharp perspective when sending a message to his late daughter.
Xana tragically passed away in 2019 at the age of nine following a battle with cancer.
Enrique stepped down as Spain coach that year for personal reasons, before taking the role again later that year.
Xana would have turned 13 on Sunday, the same day as Spain’s clash with Germany, leading the 52-year-old coach to send a heartfelt tribute.
Taking to Instagram, Enrique said: “Today is a special day. Not only because we play Germany, but also because my daughter Xana would be turning 13 years old.
Luis Enrique’s tribute came on the same day as Spain’s clash with GermanyGetty – Contributor
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“My love, wherever you are, we love you.”
He also captioned the post, saying: “We miss you.”