Raymond van Barneveld

Last Updated: 11/12/13 10:45am

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Raymond van Barneveld: Won the Grand Slam of Darts

Raymond van Barneveld: Won the Grand Slam of Darts

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Raymond van Barneveld is a five-time world champion and, despite the wins drying up, the Dutchman can still be a force.

It's a bit of a shock to see barney languishing just inside the Top 10 in the world, but health problems and a continual tinkering with his set-up means he always looks like he is scratching around for form.

Barney's golden years came in the BDO at the Lakeside when he took the title in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005.

After 20 years in the BDO the big Dutchman announced his move to the PDC in February 2006, citing a desire to challenge Phil Taylor and the other top players, and he made a dramatic impact.

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  • Date of birth: 20.04.67
  • Birthplace: Den Haag (Holland)
  • Nickname: Barney
  • Major titles: World Championship (five times), World Masters (twice), Las Vegas Desert Classic (once), UK Open (twice), Grand Slam (once), World Cup (once)
  • World Championship best: Winner (five times)
  • Walk-on music: Eye of the Tiger

In his very first season he made the final and, in a titanic match against Taylor, Barney came back to win 7-6 in the sudden death leg to match Eric Bristow's record of five world titles.

He scored two other major wins that season but then suffered a difficult period in which his form was inconsistent and blackmail threats were made to him and his family.

Indeed it was no surprise he went as far as to say that despite his fame and fortune he sometimes wonders whether he'd have been better off staying as a postman.

Finally, after a five-year drought in the majors, he rolled back the years to beat fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts.

Buoyed by that win, he reached the semis of the 2013 World Championship before losing to Taylor, a match that ended with an acrimonious handshake after Barney had previously said he was not scared of The Power.

Twice he's hit nine-darters in the World Championship so he remains capable of magic even though he's finding big titles hard to come by these days.

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