Van Barneveld officially retires after terminating PDC membership!

Raymond van Barneveld has confirmed that he has terminated his Professional Darts Corporation membership in an emotional message on social media.

The five-time world champion announced in November 2018 that he would retire after the 2020 World Championship and his final appearance at Alexandra Palace culminated in a disappointing 3-1 defeat against American veteran Darin Young in the first round.

Although Van Barneveld continuously insisted that he would walk away from the game following this year’s showpiece, handing in his PDC Tour Card is the final and definitive step to ending his career in competitive darts, as he will no longer be able to compete on the Pro Tour circuit.

The doyen of Dutch darts has enjoyed one of the most influential careers in the sport. Phil Taylor is the only man to have lifted more World Championship titles than Barney, whilst the 52-year-old has been a trailblazer for Dutch darts – inspiring a new generation of talent.

Van Barneveld has won 26 major televised titles and recorded five televised nine-dart finishes during his illustrious career, although as well as his extensive trophy haul, his legacy will also be centred around his universal popularity which saw him adored by his legion of fans in the ‘Barney Army’.

In a social media message posted on Friday, the Dutchman wrote: “Thank you dart fans all around the world for your support for all these years, but like I said earlier ‘All Good Things Come To An End’. I wish the PDC, all their staff and all the players a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Van Barneveld then shared an image of his official termination later addressed to PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter, which read: “It is with pain in my heart that I write to you this official letter. I want to terminate my membership of the Professional Darts Corporation as of January 1st 2020.”

“I have had many years of joy and also some with too many losses and now it’s time to retire. I have tried my best to be a great ambassador of the sport and therefore the PDC.

“I also tried to inspire a younger generation to pick up a set of darts and join our beautiful game. Not only in the Netherlands but all around the world. I want to thank you and everyone at the PDC for helping me and supporting me throughout my career.

“We shared so many stories which I will always cherish. I hope that the PDC will continue to grow and flourish like it is at the moment. It makes me proud knowing I have been part of this journey of darts. All the best.”

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Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Eight!

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In our eighth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-host Jon Dean and new panellist Jordan Harrison, with regular co-host Neil Conner away on business.

There’s plenty to discuss after a whirlwind week in the darting world, and the team discuss the news that Raymond van Barneveld will retire from professional darts after the 2019/2020 World Championship, with Josh picking out some of his favourite RvB memories. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Eight!”

Van Barneveld to retire after 2019/2020 World Championship!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has announced that he will retire from professional darts following the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship.

The legendary Dutchman is one of the most iconic figures in darting history and has enjoyed a magnificent career, but he has decided to play one final year on the PDC circuit before retiring from competitive action. Continue reading “Van Barneveld to retire after 2019/2020 World Championship!”

Raymond van Barneveld issues statement on retirement rumours!

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Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has issued a statement to reject rumours of his retirement, after a number of articles surfaced in the German media which suggested that he was set to quit the game.

Van Barneveld was denied a third UK Open title after losing 10-8 to Peter Wright in Sunday’s quarter-finals, in one of the greatest games in the competition’s history. Barney performed superbly and averaged 108.10, but Snakebite fought back from 8-7 behind to prevail after averaging 110.88 and landing thirteen maximums.

The five-time world champion was understandably disconsolate after not being rewarded for another magnificent display. However, he took to Facebook this morning to clarify comments he made on Sunday evening, after certain media outlets reported that Barney was poised to quit the game.

He said: “Just to come back to my message on Facebook yesterday. I didn’t say I was going to stop, but I will try to explain what I meant. For 30 years, darts has come in first place, then family then friends. I’ll do anything to get to the best version of myself to be in the hope of winning titles.

I don’t want to play darts to be just one of the players, I play to win. I realise I can’t always win, but sometimes you just have too much and then I think leave it, don’t sweat it. So what I want to say with my post- I want to enjoy more time with my family and friends.

“Of course I will do anything to win titles, but sometimes the sacrifices are too big; I need more balance.  I’m going to try and get myself straight. With the support of the people around me and my loyal fans, I hope to be able to achieve this,” Van Barneveld added.

At the beginning of the year, Van Barneveld confirmed that he would compete more regularly on the Pro Tour in a bid to climb the rankings, and that remains the case. However, RvB may scale down his exhibition commitments in order to enjoy more family time and remain fresh for ranking competition.

Barney has arguably been playing some of the best darts of his career over the last six or seven months. The Dutchman has reached the quarter-finals or better in his last five consecutive TV ranking majors- dating back to the World Grand Prix in October, where he reached the semi-finals.

Van Barneveld also recorded the third highest average in World Championship history in his semi-final defeat to Michael van Gerwen at the Alexandra Palace on New Years Day, having defeated Robbie Green, Alan Norris, Adrian Lewis & Phil Taylor earlier in the tournament.

Only Van Gerwen and Peter Wright have matched Barney’s consistency over recent months, and that’s seen the Den Haag ace climb back inside the world’s top eight on the PDC Order of Merit- his highest ranking position for over three years.

Next up for the legendary Dutchman is a clash with his compatriot Jelle Klaasen in Thursday’s Premier League at the SSE Hydro. Barney is adored by the Scottish darting public and has won a record eight matches in Glasgow; he’ll be hoping to improve upon that incredible record this week.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

 

 

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