When a Co Tyrone schoolboy made a birthday to London over the Easter weekend, the prospect of watching his favourite Premier League stars in the flesh proved exciting enough. But for 11-year-old Daniel McGee, he certainly wouldn't have expected to be so up close and personal with his heroes.
Having stood long enough to meet idols Eden Hazard and David Luiz outside the Blues Stamford Bridge stadium, the youngster was then given the chance of a lifetime when he was invited to join in a keepy-uppy kickabout with fellow midfielder Willian, and he certainly didn't disappoint.
Its not everday your son gets to kick ball with this man...@willianborges88 @ChelseaFC Thank you Willian for making my sons dreams come true. We came over from Ireland so Daniel could see his 1st Chelsea game. What a weekend! Icing on the cake was this!! pic.twitter.com/LOtEelRRYd
— Bernie McGee (@BernieMcGee2) April 24, 2019
Speaking exclusively to Balls, Daniel told us how events unfolded.
He tried to flick the ball over my head but I caught the ball on my foot and sent it back to him. Next thing we started playing keepy uppies.
I was shocked and amazed. I couldnt get my head around it for such a long time and still can't.
The Aghaloo O'Neill's GAC club man shows great control with his chest, knee and right foot in a short clip videoed by his mum, Bernie and his skills didn't go unnoticed by the Brazilian.
"At the end, he said to me I was a good footballer and to keep it up", said the St Ciaran's, Ballygawley pupil who turns 12 next month.
But should Maurizio Sarri have his eye on the youngster, he might have a fight on his hands to prise him from the grasp of the Aughnacloy club's U14 side, which is coached by dad, Kevin.
A huge Tyrone GAA follower, Daniel says his friends are in just as much shock as he is.
"They told me how lucky I am. None of us can believe it".
Daniel and his family took in Monday's night's fiery clash with Burnley at the Bridge, where Irish international Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring for the visitors.
Goals from N'golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea back in control, but Ashley Barnes' 24th-minute equaliser saw the spoils shared.