Mexico Is 'El Rey' of the World Cup for Singing Fans

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Carlos Salcedo of Mexico celebrates with his team-mates at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. 

For fans of Mexico’s national soccer team, there is no better World Cup anthem than a classic Mexican song.

Streams of the mariachi evergreen “Cielito Lindo” surged after Mexico’s stunning World Cup game win over Germany. During their again victorious match with South Korea on Saturday (June 22), fans in Russia, Mexico and beyond were proclaiming the Mexican team “The King” of the World Cup by singing “El Rey,” written by José Alfredo Jiménez.

Even Colombian artist Maluma serenaded fans with the song, wearing a Mexico jersey.

“El Rey” is best known as a standard of regional Mexican star Vicente Fernandez’s repertoire. But artists from tenor Placido Domingo to Mexican rockers Maná have recorded the song. Listen to five versions here and the original by Jiménez,who was known as the king of ranchera music:

Vicente Fernandez


Maria Dolores Pradera

Placido Domingo 

Luis Miguel

José Alfredo Jiménez