Van Barneveld makes important decision on his hunt to his 6th world title.
During a press conference in the Van der Valk Hotel in Nootdorp, it has been announced that Raymond van Barneveld signed with Target for 5 years. In 2014, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor also made the move from Unicorn to Target. Also RvB played for Unicorn during the last 7 years. The man from The Hague joins the ‘Target Team’ among other players such as Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Darryl Fitton and Tony O’Shea.
With new material and the support of our products, Van Barneveld will chase his dream to win his 6th world title. He let the audience know: ‘A 6th world title. I believe this is possible, especially with new darts and Cheqio, but I do have to work hard for it. Normally, I will quit in 5 years, but if I happen to win a 6th world title or can play in the worlds’ top 4, you might be able to enjoy my darts a little bit longer.’ Almost 8th months ago, Target came up as a possible new sponsor and gear supplier. After a long period of preparations and refining material, it was finally time to sign the 5-years contract this week.
RvB, born in 1967 and meanwhile a very proud grandfather, won his first world title in 1998. He managed to win the BDO world title three times more after that (1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005). In 2007 Barney made the change to the PDC, where he immediately took the world title of Phil Taylor that year. The Britt managed to win the PDC world title 11 times, until the Dutchman joined the PDC. RvB broke Taylor ’s winning streak. After the promising start in the PDC the Dutchman hasn’t been able to win another world title yet. He did succeed in winning several majors, but slowly the 5-times world champion dropped from favourite to the underdog.
In March of 2017, the Dutchman lost the quarter final of the UK open with an average of more than 108! After this, he broke down mentally and announced that he was going to retire from darts. As a true champion he quickly came back on this decision and told the press that he was going to continue to play darts, but was looking for a better balance between family and top sports. A top sportsman always goes for the highest results achievable and can’t cope with defeat.
The reach the highest achievable, to be world champion, one more time, RvB switched to new, specially designed for him, material from Target. Together with Cheqio and a good team, the Dutchman is full of confidence to take his 6th world title back home to The Hague.