‘Phil Taylor won 16 world titles but Van Gerwen is better than he ever was’

Phil Taylor's ability on the dartboard has been surpassed by Michael van Gerwen – according to Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Van Den Bergh admitted that Taylor's 16 World Championship titles are more impressive than Van Gerwen's tally of three, but thinks the average scores tell a better story.

The Power called time on his career in 2018 after winning 34 and losing 26 times against Van Gerwen, who sits behind the icon as the second most successful player ever.

Van Den Bergh told BettingSites.com: "I still go for MvG.

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"His highest averages are higher than Phil Taylor’s. On that basis I would go for him.

"It’s all about the stats. I know that Phil has achieved the most World Championship wins but MvG can average 105 or 110 when he needs to. Even a 125 average. Incredible."

Taking a look at peak periods between the two players (Taylor between 2009 and 2011 and Van Gerwen between 2015 and 2017) Ochepedia crunched the numbers.

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They found Taylor to have a marginally higher average of 103.54 to the Dutchman's 103.46, with 45.99% on doubles to Van Gerwen's 44.68%.

The 34-year-old gave a cheeky response to the matter back in 2022, saying that their pair had seperate titles.

He joked: "Phil Taylor, what he did for darts is incredible. He's been the greatest in the sport of all time, not the best, because that's me, but he's been the greatest."

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Taylor said on the matter in 2020: "You know what? I would have loved to play against Michael now – loved it.

“Don't get me wrong: He is a fantastic talent, a flamboyant player, and who knows what he could go on to achieve?

"But the world's greatest player of all time? He's not even the greatest player to come out of Holland – Barney (Raymond van Barneveld) has still won more world championships than him. And so has Eric (Bristow), God rest his soul."

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