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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to launch new cartoon for kids

Cristiano Ronaldo has joined forces with graphic novel and animation producers Graphic India to help co-create a new cartoon series for kids.

The show is called "Striker Force 7" and will see the often-overlapping worlds of professional football and superheroes brought together on screen once again.

A character bearing Ronaldo's likeness stands central in the promotional imagery, where he is joined by various accomplices -- including what looks suspiciously like a hammerhead shark wielding an ice hockey stick.

"I have always been a fan of superheroes and I'm thrilled to help to create this new animated series," Ronaldo said. "In the same way football connects cultures and people around the world, I believe great animated characters and heroes can do the same."

Meanwhile, in another part of Ronaldo's ever expanding media empire, the 33-year-old is attached as an executive producer to a new documentary series following a high school girls' soccer team in upstate New York, which has been greenlit by Facebook's new TV production arm.

"The Beautiful Game" will follow the girls' team through a season "as the team's melting pot line-up and winning streak invites the community to overcome deep divisions along racial, ethnic and class lines", and will be available for viewing on Facebook Watch.

"The series background is soccer but it goes much deeper than just the beautiful game," Ronaldo said. "It's about values, challenges, friendship, difficult times, hard work, solidarity, tensions and harmony. In a word -- it's about life. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did."

Ronaldo has previously spoken about how he likes life in the United States, and has admitted that acting in movies is one of the options he has considered for his post-football career.


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