Next to Shakira, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Maroon 5, and many more, Canadian popstar Shawn Mendes is the latest to joined list of VIP artists creating music for the World Cup.
The singer-songwriter has dropped a new version of “In My Blood” as the official song for Portugal’s soccer team—and it might be even more swoon-worthy than its original, seeing Mendes sing in both English and Portuguese. Check out the new music video for the revamped song below that’s sure to get you in the World Cup mood.
“In My Blood” is the defiant lead single off Mendes’ self-titled third studio album, which was released last month. The chart-topping emotional song shows a new side to the young artist, who wrote the song about his recent struggles with anxiety and depression.
The rework of the track marks the 19-year-old’s first time releasing a song sung in any language other than English. The track’s Portuguese lyrics are meant to support the soccer team and to inspire the players, as well as their fans. Although Mendes was born in Canada, he is the son of a Portuguese immigrant from the Algarve town of Lagos.
A release from the Portuguese Football Federation shares the translated lyrics: “I will believe! / That we are going to make it / That we are going to conquer / We are Portugal / A single voice and heart!”
As for whom he’s rooting for during the tournament, Mendes—who played soccer growing up—told Billboard he’s cheering for the teams behind his heritage.
“I follow Portugal and England because of my parents, who are from the two countries,” said Mendes. “In the World Cup I’m always cheering for Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, who is my favourite player and probably one of my biggest inspirations.”
Just a few weeks ago, the FIFA World Cup official theme song “Live It Up” was released. Produced by Diplo, the track is led by reggaeton star Nicky Jam and features a rap from Will Smith, and a verse from Albanian vocalist Era Istrefi. Also getting in the World Cup spirit is Maroon 5 who recently released a gleeful cover of Bob Marley’s classic Exodus track “Three Little Birds” for Hyundai’s FIFA World Cup ad campaign.
The FIFA World Cup begins today and is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. For the past three years, senior men’s national soccer teams have battled it out in the qualification phase to earn a coveted spot in the tournament. This year, 32 teams from across the world will meet in Russia, where only one team will leave as the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions.