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March 21, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Gates’ gooooaaaaalllllll not enough for win

AFP / GETTY IMAGES

Bill Gates plays a soccer game on an Xbox 360 with Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez.

Bill Gates continued his Latin American trip with a visit to Mexico City on Tuesday. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Microsoft’s Mexico operation, Gates faced off with soccer star Rafael Marquez for a virtual soccer match on an Xbox 360.

According to this Associated Press report:

Gates met his technological match Tuesday, losing a video game simulation of a penalty shootout to … Marquez 2-1 as hundreds of Microsoft Mexico employees and other invited guests cheered on the two.

“I wouldn’t bet all of my money on it,” the richest man in the world quipped when Marquez asked him if he really dared take on the challenge before they hunkered down in two opposing chairs and launched a live competition displayed on three giant screens hung above a large stage.

Gates also made headlines on the visit by commenting in favor of U.S. immigration reform.

“I’m a big believer that as much as possible …f reedom of migration is a good thing,” Gates said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll see some immigration reform…Hopefully it will be something that provides predictability and as much freedom as migration as possible.”

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