Phil Taylor or Michael Van Gerwen? Rob Cross offers his thoughts on the legendary figures of darts
Rob Cross has provided his verdict on the long-standing discussion in darts ranking the better player out of Phil Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen.
Cross won the PDC World Championship in 2018 and his final victory over Phil Taylor allowed him to take glory before the legendary figure of the sport made his exit and retired.
Heading into that final, Taylor’s accomplishments were incredible as he dominated the sport largely untested for almost two decades.
His run of success slowed down slightly when Van Gerwen emerged during the middle of last decade, but the Dutch star still has some way to go before emulating Taylor’s accolades. Cross has spoken positively about both men.
“Phil won so much, didn’t he? He was dominant. We aren’t just talking about dominance for ten years or whatever, it was probably 20. I don’t think Phil will ever get topped,” said Cross when speaking to Neue Online Casinos.
“Michael won a European Championship with a tournament average of 112. Most people just want to hit that in one game, let alone through five or six games or whatever. I don’t think that will ever get beaten, but if it does, I hope it’s me that beats it.
“It’s amazing. He was a level above Phil, but Michael and Phil are two different eras. Michael had wins over Phil later on when Phil was getting to the end. That’s life. You have an old great like Taylor, and it was Michael to fill his boots. Michael has taken over and taken the flame on that.”