Spain has been given a bitter pill to swallow, as former Barcelona and Spain head coach, Luis Enrique, confirmed the passing on of his daughter, Xana, who died from bone cancer.
Luis Enrique had earlier in June stepped down from the managerial role in the Spanish national team after he reportedly missed their three previous matches, having been granted leave in March for what was described as a family emergency.
Though Robert Moreno was immediately confirmed as Luis Enrique's successor, Luis Rubiales, head of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), assured the embattled coach and father that the coaching role will always be “open for him.”
On Thursday, the former Roma and Barcelona gaffer left the footballing world in mourning when he confirmed that his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, had passed away, as she lost her battle with cancer.
See some beautiful pictures he shared below.
He shared the sad news of her demise on Twitter.
"Our daughter Xana has died this afternoon at the age of nine, after fighting for five intense months against Osteosarcomaa," he tweeted.
The sad news has brought enormous show of support and condolences from the footballing world, including footballers, coaches and clubs as well as many other dignitaries outside the sporting world.
Read some condolences and thoughts below.