Football can take people across all four corners of the globe and that has certainly been the case for 31-year-old Ross Allen.
Allen was a hero playing for local non-league side Guernsey for the best part of seven years, scoring an extremely impressive 239 goals in 226 appearances for the club before deciding to go travelling, where he eventually found a new home, in New Zealand.
His footballing background saw him earn a contract with top-flight side Team Wellington, and it has proved to be a successful move for him, with the team winning the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League back in May.
As such, they have qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup, which is set to take place later this month and could see Allen line up against the likes of Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale for Real Madrid, if they can reach the final.
Unsurprisingly, Allen can’t quite believe the opportunity he and his teammates have been presented with. "It's something I never really imagined would ever happen at this stage of my career," Allen told BBC Radio Guernsey.
"Even going back a year, just travelling out to New Zealand I knew this was something that could possibly happen, but I just fell in with the right team.
"We've done really well to win the Champions League, and to have the opportunity to play in a competition against some of these teams is unbelievable."