If someone should be able to beat Phil Taylor’s sixteen world titles, then it is Michael van Gerwen. At least, that is what ‘Mighty Mike’ thinks.

But that is not going to happen, says Van Gerwen in a podcast with Off The Ball. “Sixteen world titles is very difficult in this era. If someone could do it, then I am, but that is not going to happen.”

This is mainly because the 29-year old Dutchman does not intend to be active as a dart player for several decades. Van Gerwen hinted earlier to retire around his fortieth.

A different record is possible. The number one in the world would like to exceed the number of world titles of Raymond van Barneveld. “I want more world titles than him. That rivalry remains, that is important for the sport.”

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Author: Samuel Gill