Michael Smith joins elite company, becomes fifth player to break over £1m barrier with World Championship win

On a truly magical night of darts, Michael Smith achieved his childhood dream by finally becoming the PDC World Darts Champion after what will go down in history as one of the greatest finals ever seen on the Ally Pally stage.

Smith surely could not have even dreamt of such a perfect night in even his wildest dreams. Bully Boy not only achieved his darting destiny of being crowned the World Champion, but he is also the new world number one and has made yet more history by becoming just the 5th man in history to break the £1M barrier of prize money earnings at the World Darts Championship. Not to forget, he also hit nine-darter along the way in the undisputed, greatest leg of darts ever seen.

Smith, finally achieving victory in this his third World Final, joins an elite list of World Championship millionaires. Among the company, Smith now proudly keeps is the former Scottish World Cup of Darts winning duo Gary Anderson and the man who beat Smith in last year's final, Peter Wright.

Michael van Gerwen for whom this was his 6th World Championship final is also on the list. As is least surprisingly of all, the 16-time Champion of the World and the man who Michael Smith defeated in a second-round clash back in 2014, giving a first-real showing of his immense potential, Phil the Power Taylor.

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