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2014-12-17 14:57

MOST SEARCHED-FOR SPORTSMAN Google has revealed that former F1 driver Michael Schumacher is the most searched-for sportsman for 2014. Image: AP / Shizuo Kambayashi

LONDON, England -  Michael Schumacher was the most searched-for sportsman in 2014, internet titan Google has announced.

Analysis of the more than two-trillion searches on the world's most popular search engine thorugh 2014 also showed that Schumacher's skiing crash and recuperation was the ninth most-popular internet news story overall.

The F1 legend's struggle was only out-searched by those seeking news about paralympian Oscar Pistorius' murder trial and the Malaysia Airlines disasters, with Ebola and the World Cup topping the list overall.

SPONSORS GONE

Despite the high interest in Schumacher's recovery, however, the Swiss news website Bluewin reports that his personal fashion sponsors Navyboot and Jet Set have terminated their deals with the 45-year-old.

The news comes after the German mineral water company Rosbacher ended its commercial backing of Schumacher earlier in 2014.

A spokesperson for the Gaydoul group, owner of the Navyboot and Jet Set brands, confirmed that sponsorship deals with Schumacher had ended.

The deals were apparently worth the equivalent of R58-million a year.
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