Premier League Darts Rewind: Raymond van Barneveld makes an emotional farewell | Darts News

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Remember when Barney retired in Rotterdam just to take a radical turn?

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A year later, take a look at how Raymond van Barneveld emotionally said goodbye to his darts career in the Premier League in Rotterdam.

A year later, take a look at how Raymond van Barneveld emotionally said goodbye to his darts career in the Premier League in Rotterdam.

Raymond van Barneveld made an emotional farewell to his Premier League Darts career in Rotterdam 12 months ago.

Despite a crowd of 10,000 people behind him, the five-time world champion slumped miserably in front of his home crowd and failed when he exited the Premier League with a humble 7-1 loss at the hands of Daryl Gurney.

Barney said goodbye in Rotterdam before taking a career turn

Barney said goodbye in Rotterdam before taking a career turn

The Dutchman was due to retire at the end of the season but, after losing the following night 7-1 to world No. 1 Michael van Gerwen, he decided to resign.

"Yesterday I don't know where he came from, I played very badly, I lost 7-1, so today I knew I was downhill and I was embarrassed," said Van Barneveld. he said to Sky Sports.

"The five-time world champion and thought 'Do I deserve this? I don't think so', but it's the reality. I'm not good enough.

"For me, I've made a decision that I've already made. I don't want pain anymore. It's pain every week for the last three or four years."

"I agree with this decision. I am relieved. I'm done."

That was not the end of the drama, it soon made a surprising turn in retirement. Barney stepped back to reveal that he wanted to go to a sixth world championship at Alexandra Palace.

"I want to end my career at Alexandra Palace during a final world championship," he said. "I hope people understand the difficult times my family and I are going through and I need to have my head together."

Sadly for Barney, he said goodbye to his 35-year professional dart career at Ally Pally when he fell to a 3-1 loss at the hands of American Darin Young in the first hurdle.

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