MICHAEL VAN GERWEN believes his ability to handle pressure was the key to winning the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.
World number one Van Gerwen etched his name in darts history as he became just the second player after Phil Taylor to win the PDC World Championship for a third time with a 7-3 triumph over Michael Smith.
En route to the title, Van Gerwen dispatched of long-time rivals Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis in convincing fashion and the Dutchman now feels he has settled the debate of who is the best player in the world.
"I think I handle pressure better than any other player in the world, and that's what makes me the best player," said Van Gerwen, who extended his run of ton-plus averages on the Alexandra Palace stage to a stunning 19 matches.
"Everyone knows I've had some difficult times this year, but this is the one everyone wants to win and I played my best game here which says a lot.
"Winning this title feels totally different to the other two, probably because there was more pressure on me to win this one
"The way I played over the last two months was not perfect, I had some bad results so going home with this title means everything to me.
"I think this title answers the question of who the best player in the world is."