But for Hugh Dallas did just that -- when he joined in a post-match party with Samba superstars Brazil after their 2002 triumph in Japan.
The Shotts referee’s abilities were recognised by Fifa when he was made fourth official for the final between Brazil and Germany.
Being involved in the showpiece between two of football’s greatest countries in front of 70,000 fans in Yokohama was an admitted highlight of Dallas’ career as a whistler.
And after a second-half Ronaldo double had given the South Americans a deserved record-breaking fifth victory things got even better.
“Both teams had promised to give the four officials a shirt each after the match,” Dallas recalls. “I was dispatched to get the Brazil shirts.
“I went into their dressing room and, as you can imagine, it was absolutely jumping.
“Everybody was celebrating and having a good time. There was a big huddle of players all dancing around.
“I went over and tapped one of them on the shoulder and all of a sudden I was grabbed into the huddle myself.
“The World Cup was on the floor in the middle of them all. It was immense.”
It was just one of a series of unforgettable moments for the Scot, which started even before the game in the International Stadium kicked off.
“I went into the Brazil dressing room before kick-off,” Dallas says. “It was like walking into a Nike commercial.
“All the players were lying around doing tricks and flicking the ball to each other. One player was sitting on his backside doing keepy-uppy.
“The hairs on the back of my neck go up when I think back to walking out on to the park that night. The noise was deafening and flashes were going off all around the stadium.
“As we went on to the pitch I thought to myself, ‘It’s a long way from refereeing Motherwell Bridgeworks v Victoria’ [Dallas’ first game as the man in the middle). When the game starts you are just totally focused on doing your job to the best of your ability.
“Fortunately, my good friend Pierluigi Collina had an excellent game.”
Dallas added: “I have a World Cup winner’s medal too. It is a big solid gold thing and is exactly the same as the one the Brazil players received.
“It is one of my most prized possessions. It is too valuable to keep in the house. It is in the bank. I go and have a look at it every now and again.
“I have shirts from both teams as well. I got Rivaldo’s from Brazil and Miroslav Klose’s from Germany. They are also nice souvenirs to have.”
From rubbing shoulders with the likes of Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho as Brazil celebrated World Cup success, Dallas was brought back to earth with a crash.
“Just 24 hours after the final I was back home in Scotland eating toast and cheese in the kitchen with my wife,” he laughs.
Dallas also took charge of two World Cup quarter-finals -- between France and Italy at France ’98 and between Germany and the USA in 2002.
He reflects: “I wasn’t expecting to get a quarter-final in 1998 so to get France against Italy, the game which everybody wanted, was just wonderful.
“That game was a real tactical battle. It finished 0-0 and then went to penalties after extra time. At the end of the game, everybody was talking about the player who missed the last penalty (Luigi di Biagio of Roma) and not me.” That was not the case in 2002 after Dallas refused to award the USA a penalty against Germany when Torsten Frings handled a Gregg Berhalter shot on the line.
He stands by his controversial decision. Dallas said: “There was no movement of the arm to the ball. The ball just hit off it. The law states it must be hand to ball.
“I had the match taped and I watched it when I got home. David Pleat was doing the summarising and he said, ‘That’s a clear penalty! Hugh Dallas has missed that!’. Well, Hugh Dallas didn’t miss it, Hugh Dallas saw it and Hugh Dallas got the decision right.”
Dallas, now head of referee development at the SFA, will watch the performances of match officials in South Africa intently.
In particular, he will be interested to see who is given charge of the final in the 104,000-
capacity Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg in on July 11.
He said: “Of course, it all depends on which countries get there. But Massimo Busacca of Switzerland, Roberto Rosetti of Italy and Benito Archundia of Mexico are all excellent. They will be there or thereabouts.
“In 1998 the referee was African (Said Belqola of Morocco), in 2002 it was a European (Collina of Italy) and in 2006 it was a South American (Horacio Elizondo of Argentina).
“So I would imagine that a referee from a Central American state like Archundia would have a chance.”