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Murray most talked about on Facebook in 2013

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Andy Murray became the first male British winner of Wimbledon in 77 years © PA Photos
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Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon was the most talked about topic on Facebook in the UK this year, ahead of even the passing of Margaret Thatcher and the birth of the Royal baby.

After ending 77 years of hurt by becoming the first British male winner at the All England Club with his straight sets win over Novak Djokovic in July, Murray's spectacular achievement topped a list of the most discussed events on the social networking site, according to research carried out by Facebook themselves.

The death of former Prime Minister Thatcher in April was the second-most talked about topic in 2013. The next-highest sports story on the list was the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on May 25, coming in at third. Bayern won 2-1 to secure their fifth European Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement after 26 years as Manchester United manager in May, after leading the club to their 20th league title, featured at fifth place on the list, one spot behind the Duchess of Cambridge giving birth to Prince George in July.

The only other sporting moment to feature on the list was England retaining the Ashes against Australia this summer, at number seven. The release of videogame Grand Theft Auto V on Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 featured at number 10.

The appointment of Pope Francis was the most popular topic globally in 2013, with the Tour de France - won by Britain's Chris Froome - the ninth most talked about.

Most talked about topics in the UK:

1. Andy Murray wins the Wimbledon Championships
2. Baroness Margaret Thatcher passes away
3. Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund contest the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium
4. The Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to Prince George
5. Sir Alex Ferguson steps down as manager of Manchester United
6. Call of Duty: Ghosts released on X-Box 360 and PS3
7. England retain the Ashes in cricket
8. The X-Factor returns to UK screens
9. The 'Bedroom Tax' is introduced in the UK
10. Grand theft Auto 5 released on X-Box 360 and PS3

Most talked about topics globally:

1. Pope Francis
2. Election
3. Royal Baby
4. Typhoon
5. Margaret Thatcher
6. Harlem Shake
7. Miley Cyrus
8. Boston Marathon
9. Tour de France
10. Nelson Mandela

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