Few people are lucky enough to meet their idols face-to-face, but footballer Wan King-leung yesterday met the man he considers the king of soccer. The 18-year-old was part of a group of students at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin selected to attend a sports clinic hosted by Pele. The Brazilian footballer attended the session as part of his visit to the SAR for the launch of Hongkong Bank's France '98 World Cup MasterCard promotion. Wan, a professional footballer who plays sweeper or central defender with local team Yee Hope, is from Sha Tin and has been residing at the institute for the past six months. He is a student at St Joseph's College, Central. What's on your mind? Meeting my hero, Pele. Since I was a child I've been inspired by his achievements. My father idolised him so I grew up watching recordings of the matches he'd played in and I've read biographies of him. He had unique skills and is also a good and friendly man. Pele gave you all some advice. What wisdom did he pass on? He said health was as important as talent. Without your health you can't play, he told us. Therefore we must sleep well, behave, keep off drugs and keep in shape. He also told us how he got the name Pele. Apparently when he was young and playing on the streets he did something wrong and offended some kids. Suddenly they all started calling him Pele and he went: 'Who is this Pele? My name is Edson (Arantes do Nascimento). What does it mean? I hate this name.' The next day he goes into school and everyone is now calling him Pele so he gets angry and fights one of his tormentors. The teachers catch him and he gets suspended for three days. When he returns the name still sticks and he knows he can't fight everyone, so he accepts it. But he still didn't like the name. Apparently to this day he's not certain exactly what it means or why he was given it. Where do you hope your football career will go? My ambition is to represent Hong Kong in the World Cup as it's the world's biggest sporting competition. I also dream of playing for Liverpool in England. My inspiration is their striker Michael Owen. He's only 18 but already plays for one of the best sides in the world.