At 41 years of age, ending his participation in the Broadway musical Evita and soon to be joining "The Voice Australia", Ricky Martin has enjoyed success since he was a child and a member in the popular Puerto Rican boy band Menudo.
Different looks (oh, the '80s!), ever changing haircuts, and of course his first gigs as a telenovela star in Mexico, starring in "Alcanzar una Estrella" and “Muñecos de Papel,” signaled some of the pop star's early phases as an artist before his crossover.
It was a matter of time before his solo singer career exploded, propelling him to fame with hits like "Maria" and "Vuelve", becoming an international sensation in 1998 with "The Cup of Life".
Take a look at this gallery of the artist's early moments, and let us know what are your favorite Ricky’s old school moments.
Ricky at 13 when in 1984 he joined Menudo for five years.
At 13 years old, when in 1984 he joined the Menudo group for five years.
Singing with Menudo in 1984.
Ricky Martin posing next to Robi 'Draco' Rosa, holding a couple of stuffed animals.
Ricky in Menudo, 1986.
Ricky Martin in Menudo, circa 1988.
In his hotel room during a 1988 tour while being part of the musical group sensation Menudo.
With his Menudo friends.
Having fun in Disney in 1990.
Here with Mickey Mouse and Donald.
With Menudo in the late 80s, well coordinated with denim!
Here very handsome!
Singing and dancing with Menudo.
Here Ricky already a teenager with cowboy boots and a lot of leather.
With Mexican actress Angélica Vale.
Ricky Martin living in México in 1990.
Ricky Martin moved to Mexico in 1991 to participate in the <em>telenovela</em> "Alcanzar una estrella II", working next to actors like Angélica Rivera, Bibi Gaytan, Alex Ibarra, Pedro Fernandez and Sasha Sokol (right), with whom he also formed the musical group "Muñecos de papel."
Ricky Martin with Angelica Rivera when he stared in "Alcanzar una Estrella" in 1991.
Ricky Martin in 1991 while starring in his role in the Mexican <em>telenovela</em> "Alcanzar una estrella II".
Ricky Martin and Bibi Gaytán, as part of the "Muñecos de Papel" musical group.
Ricky Martin with his ponytail look in México in 1992.
Ricky Martin with long hair in 1994.
Ricky Martin presents his album "A medio vivir" in 1995, the year he would conquer the charts with his single "Maria".
Ricky Martin with a different hair style at an autograph signing in 1996.
Ricky Martin in Paris in 1997.
Ricky Martin in March, 1998.
Ricky Martin released his album "Vuelve", where he recorded the 1998 World Cup France single "The Cup of Life."
Ricky Martin in july 1998 singing in the World Cup during Brazil's final match against France.
Ricky Martin during his memorable performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards.
Ricky Martin with his Grammy Award for "Vuelve" on February 24, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Ricky Martin, Celine Dion y Tony Mottola at pre-Oscar party.
Ricky Martin in 1999, already an international artist.
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