Munich has made its love for Harry Kane clear, and now so has the rest of the world.
The England captain shocked the sporting world in August when he left long-time club Tottenham to join European giants Bayern Munich.
Making the jump in a £100m deal, the move was fascinating for a number of reasons, as Google’s end-of-year search rankings show.
English players don’t often travel well and, what’s more, Kane has never won a professional trophy, which is usually a formality for Bayern, winners of the last 11 Bundesliga titles.
However, this is now uncertain thanks to Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, and football fans are closely monitoring developments.
The 30-year-old has made the transition smoothly with already 22 goals to his name in just 20 games in all competitions.
As a result, Kane was the fifth most searched athlete on Google in 2023, behind Kylian Mbappe among other footballers.
Mbappe continues to be one of the biggest sporting names on the planet, with speculation over his future constantly making headlines.
In fact, megastars Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are the only football players to make the top ten, with the other eight coming from the worlds of American football, basketball and cricket.
This will come as a shock to former regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the former joining Inter Miami this summer and the latter continuing to shine for Al Nassr.
The two are among the most recognizable sports stars on the planet – with both of the most followed Instagram accounts. Ronaldo has 614 million followers, while Messi has 494 million.
It’s Buffalo Bills star Damar Hamlin who tops the list, with the NFL world desperately checking on his condition following his collapse in January.
Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an unfortunate tackle, but has fortunately since returned to action.
Elsewhere, tennis’ new burgeoning rivalry has revitalized the sport, with Novak Djokovic finishing fifth, one place behind the youngster who beat him in the Wimbledon final, Carlos Alcaraz.
New Zealand cricket star Rachin Ravindra made the list thanks to his starring role in the Cricket World Cup, breaking a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records.
India’s Shubman Gill also shone at the World Cup, becoming the fastest man to reach 2,000 ODI runs.