MvG is ‘the best in any sport’ says Ronnie O’Sullivan

Snooker star O’Sullivan heaped praise on Darts’ world number one after van Gerwen’s third World Grand Prix triumph


MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is not only the best Darts player in the modern era but he is the best sportsman around right now.

That’s the view of five-time World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who lavished adulation upon Darts’ world number one following the Dutchman’s glorious World Grand Prix campaign in Dublin last week. 

van Gerwen had a tournament average of almost 100 in the double-start format and surpassed that standard in his 5-2 final victory over Gary Anderson to eclipse Phil Taylor’s record for highest World Grand Prix final average.

His win follows 20 previous titles in 2016, including majors such as the Premier League, UK Open, Masters and World Matchplay.

And sporting legend O’Sullivan, himself widely regarded as the greatest Snooker player of the modern era and perhaps the greatest ever, believes that there is only one man currently competing that could challenge van Gerwen for the title of the best in sport.

“It’s very close between van Gerwen and Usain Bolt,” said O’Sullivan, who was runner-up in the European Masters at the weekend.

“Michael and Usain are the two top boys in any sport worldwide. van Gerwen is amazing. He’s unbelievable. I think he is the best sportsman on the planet of any sport and he’s even quicker than Usain Bolt.”

van Gerwen admitted O’Sullivan’s comments were overwhelming due to the respect he has for the Snooker star.

“It’s very nice to hear things like this, especially from a man like Ronnie O’Sullivan,” said van Gerwen, who has displaced the great Phil Taylor as Darts’ dominant force in recent years.

“Ronnie is a special Snooker player. I think the best ever and for someone like him to say something like that about me is special and I thanked him for what he said. I just need to win a few more titles to catch him up, I think.”

van Gerwen will return to action in the final European Tour event of the year next weekend in Germany as he continues to build up towards his quest for a second World Championship title in the New Year.

His third Grand Prix title saw him join an elite band of just two players who have won the same PDC major title more than twice. The 27-year-old can now boast that claim alongside 16-time World Champion Taylor, who has managed the feat several times.

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