Phil Taylor could ‘pull the plug’ on darts comeback as Ronaldo message hits home

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Phil Taylor has revealed an interview with Cristiano Ronaldo struck a chord with him as he ponders whether to continue with his darts comeback.

The Power retired following his defeat to Rob Cross in the final of the 2018 World Championship but returned to competitive action this year as part of the World Seniors Tour. After a disappointing showing at the World Seniors Championship, Taylor reached the final of the World Seniors Masters. This weekend, he is in action at the World Seniors Matchplay in Hull and began his campaign on Friday with an 8-4 win over Deta Hedman.

Taylor was disappointed with his performance though and admitted post-match that he hasn’t been as focused on darts as he should have been. He said an interview he watched earlier in the day given by Manchester United's Ronaldo reminded him of what he needs to do to make a success of his comeback.

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“I’ve been doing different things. I’ve bought another property and I’ve been working on that. My focus isn’t on darts, it’s on other things. [But] You’ve got to do it properly,” he told Online Darts TV.

“I watched an interview on TikTok, it was Ronaldo at Manchester United. He said you can have all the talent you want, but if you don’t put the work in, it’s a waste. That hit it home for me, I thought ‘you’re right’.

“You’re going to see me trying my socks off. I keep saying it but I’ve got no choice now. It’s either do it or next year pull the plug.”

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Taylor, 61, believes his cause isn’t being helped by his failing eyesight and intends to have replacement lens surgery.

“My eyesight’s not the same, the trebles are looking fury but I can’t wear glasses and I’ve tried contact lenses,” he said. “It’s hazy, you’re guessing where they [the beds] are. You hit a 100 and it looks like a 180, it’s very difficult at my age.

“The only thing I can do now is replacement lenses, so it’s nice and crisp, like when I was 18 years old. That’s my next move, that’s what I’m going to do."

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