Michael van Gerwen's milestones as he claims world title number two
'Mighty Mike' made it 22 career major titles with victory at Alexandra Palace
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 03/01/17 7:08pm
Michael van Gerwen claimed a second world title in the last four years with a brilliant performance to dethrone two-time defending champion Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace - the latest display of his darting dominance.
MVG won 25 titles, major, floor or otherwise through 2016 but admitted that the year would not have been complete had he not claimed a long overdue second world crown.
Having beaten Peter Wright in 2014, many expected the Dutchman to win multiple world titles and while Anderson nipped in to claim a couple, the feeling is that with his insatiable appetite for success and a second Sid Waddell Trophy in his locker, Mighty Mike will now go on to dominate.
Van Gerwen is now the current holder of the UK Open, Premier League, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship after a year to remember.
Victory at Alexandra Palace made it 22 career major titles, here's a look at a few of the remarkable titles he has amassed after his latest success...
World Championship 2014 & 2017
After losing out to Phil Taylor the previous year, the Dutchman claimed the biggest prize in darts when he became the sixth different winner of the event and, at the age of 24, the youngest.
His flair and flamboyance helped him survive a fierce comeback from Peter Wright to win his first World Darts title with a 7-4 victory.
"It's so difficult to win this title and there was more pressure on me this year than last year. It means so much for me," Van Gerwen said.
The Dutchman ended a three-year wait for another world title, with a 7-3 victory over defending champion Gary Anderson.
He ended a staggering 12 months with a 26th trophy, after dominating the final, which included a match-record 42 180s, finishing with an average of 108.06 and completing five ton-plus finishes.
Premier League 2013 & 2016
Van Gerwen won 11, drew two and lost three of his 16 games, averaging over 100 in nine of them on his way to the Premier League play-offs in 2013. The world No 1 then beat James Wade before seeing off Taylor 10-8 in a classic final to become only the fourth player to win the title.
Three years later he returned to clinch the £200,000 first prize with an emphatic 11-3 victory over six-time winner Taylor in the final.
The Dutchman averaged 104.68 per visit to the oche and notched the final's highest checkout with a 121.
"I'm playing stronger in this tournament every year, I've been top of the table four years in a row and I'm really glad I can hold this trophy now for the second time," Van Gerwen said.
World Matchplay 2015 & 2016
The Dutch ace claimed his first World Matchplay title after a convincing victory over James Wade. He won five straight legs to move 10-6 ahead and completed an 18-12 victory to clinch the £100,000 first prize.
A year later he was back for more of the same and thumped 15-time Winter Gardens champion Phil Taylor with an impressive 18-10 victory in Blackpool.
"I have the title back again and it feels amazing," he told Sky Sports. "I did the right things at the right moments and my finishing was fantastic."
The triumph at the Winter Gardens saw Van Gerwen become only the third player - alongside Taylor and Rod Harrington - to retain the prestigious title, as he won a 12th tournament of 2016.
Even 15-time champion Taylor described 'Mighty Mike' as the greatest player he's ever played against following the Blackpool demolition job.
World Grand Prix 2012, 2014 & 2016
'The Green Machine' became the youngest winner of World Grand Prix when he staged a thrilling 6-4 comeback victory over Mervyn King in the 2012 final.
Van Gerwen stirred himself and the Irish crowd with a red-hot of run of five successive sets and sealed victory with a sizzling 145 checkout.
He returned to the Emerald Isle to become a two-time champion as he saw off James Wade 5-3 in the final.
Van Gerwen erased the memories of his 2015 loss in the final to Robert Thornton, with one of the greatest performances in the double-start event's history against Gary Anderson this year.
The brilliant Dutchman claimed glory at Dublin's Citywest Hotel for a third time with an incredible 5-2 triumph.
The world No 1 scooped the £100,000 first prize and his 21st tournament win of the year with another barnstorming performance.
His stunning 160 checkout to record a 5-2 victory was a wonderful way to round off a remarkable performance,
The finish followed seven 180s and moved his average to 100.29, the highest in a World Grand Prix final to surpass Phil Taylor's 100.17 in the 2002 decider.
Grand Slam of Darts 2015 & 2016
The world No 1 completed a clean sweep of the PDC's major titles in 2015 with an exhilarating 16-13 triumph over Phil Taylor at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
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"I had two main targets this year which were the World Matchplay and the Grand Slam of Darts and I've won them both," Van Gerwen said. 'I'm a very happy man and I'm really pleased because it means a lot to me."
Van Gerwen returned to the Midlands a year later to seal back-to-back titles as he recorded an average of over 111, the sixth highest in the tournament's history, during a semi-final win over Peter Wright before defeating James Wade in the final.
Other PDC Titles:
UK Open: 2015, 2016
European Championship: 2014, 2015, 2016
Players Championship Finals: 2013, 2015, 2016
The Masters: 2015, 2016
World Cup: 2014
Nine-dart finishes: Five in major events
He became only the fifth man to hit the darts holy grail at the World Championship against James Wade in 2012 remarkably falling just one dart short of an unprecedented back-to-back maximum check-out.
Here's a look back at some of his best nine-darters...
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