German international midfielder Sami Khedira agonisingly missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday.
While his nation emerged triumphant against Argentina in the World Cup Final, the Real Madrid midfielder could not play - for he pulled up injured in the warm-up.
For a player who has successfully bounced back from a cruciate knee ligament injury this past season, and been linked with a multi-million transfer to Arsenal, it was a heartbreaking personal blow, softened by his team's eventual success.
For Khedira it was even tougher, for the decision was not made for him, he had to tell the German coaching staff himself that he would be unable to play.
The £23 million rated midfielder took to his Facebook page to detail his agony at the blow:
"Just for you to know: I couldn't play yesterday because I had big problems with my left calf during warm up. I was sure that I could have played 10 minutes. Maybe 15. But not longer.
"It was the hardest decision in my life to tell the trainer that I can't play during one of my biggest dreams: the world cup final. But if I would have decided different, somebody would had to replace me.
"It was extremely tough for me but in the end the best decision I could make for Germany's victory. I am more than thankful to the whole team, that we won and we had this wonderful day."