Tragic news on Thursday for everyone associated with Futbol Club Barcelona as the daughter of club legend and former player and manager Luis Enrique passed away at the age of 9. Xana lost a five-month battle to bone cancer.
“Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9, after fighting for five intense months against an osteosarcoma.
“We want to thank all for your demonstrations of love these last few months and appreciate your discretion and comprehension.
“We also thank the staff at Sant Joan de Deu and San Pau hospitals for your dedication and care, from the doctors to the nurses and all volunteers. A special mention to the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.
“We will miss you very much but we’ll remember you every single day of our lives with the hope of seeing you again in the future. You will be the star that will guide our family.
“Rest in peace Xanita.”
Martínez Cullell Family
There were tributes and messages from the entire Barcelona community, including club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and players like Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué.
President Bartomeu: "It's a very sad night, we are very touched, Luis, Elena and the family have always been exemplary. This outcome leaves us very hard and stung. In the name of Barça and the board, our condolences to the family." [rac1] pic.twitter.com/GZTOVXQfuI— barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 29, 2019
Míster, lo siento en el alma. Descansa Xana.— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) August 29, 2019
“My condolences to Luis Enrique and his entire family in these very difficult moments. We are with you, Mister, all the strength in the world.”
— Lionel Messi, Instagram Stories
Rest in Peace, Xana. All the love, Lucho.