Shawn Mendes releases new version of 'In My Blood' to support Portugal in the World Cup

Shawn Mendes' new version of 'In My Blood' has altered lyrics in the native Portuguese language, as a support to both the team and its fans.

                            Shawn Mendes releases new version of 'In My Blood' to support Portugal in the World Cup
Singer Shawn Mendes (Source: Getty Images)

Shawn Mendes' song 'In My Blood' has now officially joined the VIP list for the 2018 World Cup songs. The Canadian singer dropped a new version of 'In My Blood', alternating the lyrics in Portuguese to support his favorite international soccer team, Portugal. The official song for the Portuguese team was released on Wednesday (June 13).

The 19-year-old singer, who is already well established as a successful young pop singer, was born in Canada to a Portuguese father and an English mother. Mendes released the song, according to Billboard, to support the soccer team and to inspire the players and the fans. It is reportedly the first time that Mendes is singing in Portuguese, honoring his cultural heritage, being the son of a Portuguese immigrant from the Algarve town of Lagos. 

The HeraldGoa quoted Mendes, who said, "I follow Portugal and England because of my parents, who are from the two countries. In the World Cup, I’m always cheering for Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, who is my favorite player and probably one of my biggest inspirations."

Mendes' song is like a push for the very undomesticated spirit of the game. His song gradually paces up, putting forward fans wearing the Portugal team jersey, cheering for their team. Ronaldo is seen in several shots, including the opening shot, as the "Cry-baby" of soccer is known for his passion and devotion to the team. Mendes' song serves the very passionate purpose of the team's loyalty. 

The anthem peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in the year, as Portugal's Football Federation commissioned it. The song now has additional lyrics in the native language, which translated, stands as, "I will believe! That we are going to make it, that we are going to conquer...We are Portugal. A single voice and heart!”

The PortugalResident reported, that at only 19, Mendes was included this year in Times magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. “In My Blood” is Shawn’s first single from his self-titled third album, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US, his third consecutive #1 album debut.