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Ronaldinho wanted specific tricks included in his doppelganger.
"He was adding killer moves to his player in his game before he did them in real life," Bilbey said.
Altidore sometimes plays as Charlie Davies, the American forward missing the World Cup following injuries sustained in a car crash that nearly killed him last October. Many American players play remotely against Davies, who went home to California from France after he failed to make the preliminary World Cup roster.
Altidore does have some quibbles with his icon.
"Looks-wise I'm not happy with myself," he said. "I thought I'm a little bit prettier than that."
Still, he does appreciate Messi, who sticks out for his short size on the video screen as much as he's noticed on the real field.
"Messi's like a juggernaut in video games," Altidore said. "He just runs around so fast with the ball. You can't stop him. Kind of like real life."
Holden, who transferred this year from Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo to Bolton in the Premier League, is happy with his video icon. Because he enjoys playing the computer game, he'd like to improve in his actual moves -- sort of wanting art to imitate life.
"He's got really, really, really, really blond hair," Holden said. "Hopefully as I continue to grow as a player, they'll make him a little better."
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