Barcelona star Busquets in shock following death of 'great friend' Roque
12:42 GMT, 26 June 2012
Barcelona star Sergio Busquets has paid tribute to former team-mate Miki Roque after the Real Betis defender died on Sunday.
Roque lost his year-long battle with pelvic cancer at the age of 23.
And Busquets, who played alongside the former Liverpool defender at their local Catalan club Lleida, says he'll dedicate any success at Euro 2012 to Roque.
Tribute: The Spain team held a one-minute silence in memory of Roque
Paying their respects: Real Betis supporters gather at a makeshift memorial at the club's ground
'After hearing the tragic news, I want to give all my support to friends and family of Miki Roque,' Busquets said in an open letter.
'A great person, sportsman, an example for all, but above all a great friend has left. I will never forget the moments we shared.
'I'm in shock, life is unjust, but I now only have one thought: to do all I can to dedicate a win here to him. RIP Miki.'
Tragedy: Roque died on Sunday after losing his year-long battle against pelvic cancer
Roque spent four years at Liverpool between 2005 and 2009 and helped the club win the 2006 FA Youth Cup.
He made one substitute appearance for the first team, against Galatasaray in a Champions League match in December 2006.
Spain will face Portugal in Wednesday's Euro 2012 semi-final at they bid to win a third successive major tournament.