'A special day' – Spain boss Luis Enrique’s emotional post to tragic daughter Xana who would be turning 13 today | The Sun

SPAIN manager Luis Enrique took time out ahead of this evening's crunch World Cup clash with Germany to pay tribute to his late daughter.

Xana tragically passed away in 2019 aged just nine after a battle with cancer.

She would have turned 13 today, the same day Spain take on Germany in Qatar.

And Enrique, 52, emotionally paid tribute to Xana while out on a bike ride before the game.

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.

"My love, wherever you are, we love you."

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Ex-Barcelona gaffer Enrique also captioned his post: "We love you."

Xana sadly died in 2019 after a five-month battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

And Enrique paid tribute to his daughter on what would have been her birthday.

He stepped down as Spain manager in 2019 for personal reasons before returning later that year.

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Enrique will be in the dugout for this evening's crunch clash against Germany.

His other daughter, Sira Martinez, is dating Spain ace and former Manchester City star Ferran Torres.

Torres scored twice in the 7-0 thrashing against Costa Rica in Spain's first World Cup game.

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