Twenty years ago, Ricky Martin was just mapping out how to become an international superstar, especially after the great success of “Maria.” He was in the middle of tours and at the same time recording his album Vuelve.
Suddenly, a call changed everything: FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) wanted him to create the 1998 World Cup theme song, which eventually turned out to be “The Cup of Life” (in Spanish “La Copa de la Vida”), released March 9, 1998, and the official anthem for the soccer tournament.
“I have to admit that the challenge made me a bit nervous, but the massive growth potential for my career was such that I decided to accept,” Martin wrote about the call in his official biography, titled Me. After the decision, Martin got together with K. C. Porter, Robi Rosa and Desmond Child and immediately started working on the song. “It was a unique opportunity to introduce the charms of Latin music to the rest of the world.”