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Gerard Piqué has been one of the team's defensive mainstays since arriving in the summer of 2008. | VICTOR SALGADO-FCB

FC Barcelona central defender Gerard Piqué topped the global trending search list among the team's players in 2017, the search giant Google has revealed in its 17th annual #YearInSearch report. Piqué was also among the top players in the world overall among trending searches, which measure sustained spikes for a given search term compared to the previous year.

These were the top 10 trending FC Barcelona players globally in 2017, according to Google:

1. Gerard Piqué
2. Ousmane Dembélé
3. Paulinho
4. Gerard Deulofeu
5. Marc-André ter Stegen
6. Nélson Semedo
7. Aleix Vidal
8. Rafinha
9. Jordi Alba
10. Sergi Roberto

Why is Leo Messi not on the list? Because while he was almost certainly the most searched player on the team overall in 2017, his numbers for this year remained relatively consistent with those from the previous year, when Messi was the number one top trending player in the U.S.

Regarding the club overall, global search interest in FC Barcelona reached its highest point in 2017 during the week of August 13 to August 19, during which Barça played two matches against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. 

Here are the top 10 trending searches—searches whose peaks made the biggest jump compared to the previous year—related to 'FC Barcelona' globally in 2017:

1. FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid
2. FC Barcelona vs PSG
3. FC Barcelona vs Juventus
4. Fichajes FC Barcelona
5. FC Barcelona Twitter
6. FC Barcelona vs Manchester United
7. FC Barcelona noticias fichajes
8. FC Barcelona latest news
9. FC Barcelona tickets
10. FC Barcelona hoy

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