Michael van Gerwen: 'I tiled Dennis Bergkamp's bathroom'

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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Darts star Michael van Gerwen reveals that he once worked as a tiler on the luxury bathroom of former Arsenal footballer and fellow Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp.

Dutch darts star Michael van Gerwen has revealed that he once helped to decorate the luxury bathroom of former Arsenal footballer Dennis Bergkamp.

Van Gerwen won £60,000 on Sunday by beating 16-time world champion Phil Taylor 11-7 to scoop first prize at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

However, before he was taking home five-figure sums for his sporting exploits, the 'Green Machine' had to subsidise his darting career by working as a tiler.

Van Gerwen told The Metro: "I used to work as a tiler when I was a teenager and the biggest job I had was putting the tiles up in Dennis Bergkamp's bathroom.

"He lived in a massive house, it was beautiful and it was something I never dreamt I would have because my darts career had not taken off at the time.

"Even his bathroom was expensive and we did a really good job on it."

Van Gerwen has earned over £1m in darts prize money and he will be aiming to pick up a further £250,000 by winning the PDC World Championship, which gets underway on December 13.

The 24-year-old will face Zoran Lerchbacher in round one, after being paired with the Austrian in yesterday's draw.

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