Monday February 18th, 2013

Fox; AP Fox; AP

Kayden Stephenson may have been eliminated from American Idol, but the 16-year-old with cystic fibrosis who emerged as one of this season's fan favorites won the attention of one of the world's most famous sportsmen -- and an all-expenses-paid trip to one of the biggest soccer matches of the year.

Wayne Rooney was so moved by Stephenson's story that he reached out to the Oklahoma native on Twitter and invited him to Manchester United's upcoming Champions League match with Real Madrid at Old Trafford, offering to pay for his flights and hotel.

Rooney, 27, lost his childhood friend Stephen Johnson to the terminal illness in September.

https://twitter.com/WayneRooney/status/300737794198876162

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300749794333306880

https://twitter.com/WayneRooney/status/300755683631067137

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300757918423334912

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300766321065459714

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300767867601821697

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300774354759868418

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300775444054171648

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300775800611946497

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300819746025246720

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/300780635063218178

https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/301710400678940672 https://twitter.com/KaydenJoshua/status/301710726920302592

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.