James Rodriguez was Google's most searched athlete of 2014

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Real Madrid and Colombia star James Rodriguez was officially the most-searched athlete of 2014, according to new information released by Google. 

The 23-year-old was the star of the World Cup in Brazil back in the summer, and was consequently snapped up by the Spanish giants for an eye-watering £63 million from Monaco. 

Michael Schumacher and Ray Rice were next in the list, whilst further footballers were also in the news for one reason or another over the course of the last 12 months.

Rampant Rodriguez

Rodriguez's performances for his country in Brazil propelled him into the headlines and made him one of the most coveted assets on the planet. 

He won the Golden Boot after scoring six times in as many games, with the highlight a stunning volley against Uruguay that sent his country through to the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time in their history.

The youngster has also thrived in the Spanish capital since his summer move, filling the void left by Angel di Maria's departure to Manchester United and helping the club embark on a 21-game winning run. 

Prominent footballers

Footballers dominated the list with Luis Suarez ranking in fourth following his stunning form for Liverpool and controversial bite on Italy and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. 

Barcelona superstar Neymar came in in fifth, with his goals firing Brazil to the semi-finals of the World Cup before a nasty tackle by Juan Zuniga cut his tournament short. 

Mario Gotze was then sixth, mainly due to his goal in the final of the international competition that saw off Argentina and ensured the German national team lift the golden trophy aloft at the Maracana. 

Guillermo Ochoa was some way down the list in eighth position, having excelled for Mexico, moved to Malaga and been linked with a move to Liverpool all within the space of the year.

Other entires

Schumacher's serious head injury sustained whilst skiing saw him become the second most-searched athlete of the year, with people regularly hunting for updates over the condition of the Formula 1 legend. 

Ray Rice's disgraceful punch on his fiancee in a lift puts him in at third, with Jules Bianchi at seventh after the crash that nearly killed him earlier this year. 

Michael Phelps made the list after his girlfriend had admitted being previously born a man, whilst NFL star Richard Sherman was tenth after signing a whopping contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks.

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