Westminster schoolboy Robbie Lopez got to meet his idol Zinedine Zidane while representing England at an international football tournament in Paris earlier this month.
The French World Cup and European Championship winner was ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup, where Lopez, from the Canada Blanche School in Portobello Road, was part of an England side which finished 15th out of 40 - their best ranking for five years.
As if that wasn't excitement enough, the final day of the tournament was staged at the iconic
Parc Des Princes, scene of Zidane's finest hour when he lifted the World Cup in 1998.
Lopez said: "I'd have to say Zidane is my hero so it was great he was tournament ambassador.
To cap it all, the 11-year-old - a member of Fulham's development squad - was coached by former England internationals Jamie Redknapp and John Scales.
And the midfield starlet wasted no time getting noticed by one of the former Liverpool legends, coming off the bench to score the winner in one of the team's five group games, against Bangladesh.
Lopez said: "When I came off the pitch after scoring in that match, Jamie (Redknapp) told me I'd come on and changed the game, which was really encouraging."
That wasn't the Maida Vale resident's only big moment in the tournament, as he then scored the winning penalty against Italy in the play-off for15th place after the game had finished level.
Lopez was one of 84 boys selected from trials at Westway, who then competed in six teams of 14, with the winners heading for Paris.
He caught the love of football from his father Jose and has ambitions to become a professional.
However, it's clear the murky world of agents hasn't caught up with Lopez as he insists he's not interested in the millionaire lifestyle of hero Zidane.
He said: "I want to play for a top club, but it's not about the money - I just love playing football."