Van Gerwen reveals pride at Royal seal of approval

Van Gerwen receives Royal recognition in the Netherlands (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen has spoken of his immense pride after being awarded the equivalent of an MBE from the King of the Netherlands.

The two-time World Champion, who has lifted more than 100 titles worldwide, received the Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau - a prestigious Dutch honour - on Thursday.

He becomes only the second Dutch darts player to receive the honour, following on from five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld back in 1999.

Five-time World Champion Eric Bristow was awarded an MBE in 1989, while ten-time Women's World Champion Trina Gulliver became an MBE in 2013.

"It's a huge thing," Van Gerwen told Live Darts. "I'm only the fourth dart player to be awarded one so it's a big thing for me and I'm really proud of it.

"I'm the youngest ever to receive this medal in Holland and it means a lot to me because I work hard all the time.

"I try to do the right things all the time, do as much as possible for other sports people and this is the reward I've got for the last few years.

"Darts in Holland is huge at the moment, we've really got to be proud of it.

"I'm proud of it and I hope we can keep it going," added the 29-year-old.

Van Gerwen has racked up 41 televised titles and 64 non-televised PDC titles to become the second most successful player in PDC history behind Phil Taylor.

The runaway world number one has also landed five televised nine-dart finishes and is approaching the £6 million mark in career prize money.


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