10. Anthony Martial - Peak Searches – 30/08/15 – 05/09/15
As the transfer window came to a close earlier this year, Manchester United fans most likely searched to find out more about the teenager their team had just spent 36 million pounds on.
9. Heather Watson – Peak Searches – 01/07/15 – 31/07/15
British tennis player Heather Watson was just two points away from beating world number one Serena Williams in the third round of Wimbledon 2015. Although she could not hold on in the third set, interest in the player increased dramatically, as searches for Heather Watson continued throughout July.
8. Jules Bianchi – Peak Searches – 12/07/15 – 18/07/15
The French Formula one driver was badly injured following a crash with a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014. After surgery Bianchi was placed into an induced coma and sadly passed away on 17/07/15.
7. Pedro – Peak Searches – 16/08/15 – 22/08/15
Chelsea signed Spanish winger Pedro on 20/08/2015 for a fee in the region of 19 million pounds. As Chelsea’s interest in the player reached the media, searches for the player increased throughout July and August, finally peaking unsurprisingly on the date of his transfer.
6. Dustin Brown – Peak Searches – 28/06/15 – 04/07/15
Everyone loves an underdog story, and when Jamaican-German tennis player Dustin Brown defeated former world number one Rafael Nadal in the third round of Wimbledon 2015, searches for the player soared. Interestingly Brown is one of only a few players to have a winning record against Nadal, winning both of their two meetings.
5.Adam Johnson – Peak Searches – 01/03/15 – 07/03/15
Following stories about his private life appearing in the U.K media, searches for the Sunderland footballer peaked in March 2015.
4. Jürgen Klopp – Peak Searches – 04/10/15 – 10/10/15
Many were surprised when Jürgen Klopp was unveiled as the new Liverpool manager in October 2015. As football fans assessed Liverpool’s chances of silverware this season, the German’s Google popularity peaked.
3. Rio Ferdinand – Peak Searches – 01/05/15 – 31/05/15
In May 2015, searches for Rio Ferdinand increased following the tragic news of Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of just 34.
2. Jonah Lomu – Peak Searches – 15/11/15 – 21/11/15
One of the greatest to ever play the sport, the world of rugby was in mourning following his passing in November 2015. He was instrumental for New Zealand in the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups and despite him finishing as a runner up on both occasions, his style and powerful approach to the game has been adopted by many players and teams since.
1. Ronda Rousey – Peak Searches – 15/11/15 – 21/11/15
Following her first MMA defeat ever to Holly Holm, searches for the professional fighter skyrocketed. She has since said that she will make a comeback and vows to avenge the defeat in a rematch. It may well be one of the biggest fights of 2016!
That concludes the list, if you are surprised by the absence of a certain sports star then be sure to leave it in the comments below!
Data provided by Google Trends.