After 16 World Championship titles and around 30 years at the top of the sport, Phil Taylor will retire following this year’s PDC World Championship as a legend of the sport.

However, can the current world number six bow out of an illustrious career with the fairytale ending of winning one more World Championship?

This year’s tournament marks four years since ‘The Power’ last won the title and he has been handed one of the toughest draws in the opening round.

Chris Dobey from Bedlington faces Taylor tonight at Alexandra Palace, which could mark Taylor’s last ever match in the sport.

As this is potentially the final outing for the 57-year-old, we have taken a look back some of his career highlights in the World Championships.

1990 BDO World Champion

Taylor’s first major honour in professional darts came at Lakeside. Where Taylor beat his mentor and legend of the game Eric Bristow.

Taylor proved his doubters wrong, convincingly beating Bristow the five times World Champion 6-1.

Proving to be the first of a golden career.

1994 & 1995 PDC World Championship

1994 marked the very first PDC World Championship at the Circus Tavern in Essex. Taylor reached the final but was humiliated by Dennis Priestley.

However, Taylor set the record straight the following year as he began his total dominance of world darts in 1995, with his first Worlds title with an easy 6-2 victory over Rod Harrington.

1996-2000 PDC World Championships

The Power was now in full swing, untouchable as he went on an eight-year unbeaten streak. Getting revenge on The Menace as he beat Priestley in the final on four occasions in this spell of dominance.

The final victories over Priestley and Peter Manley were not just victories, they were routs as he only conceded nine sets over the four finals.

2001/2002 PDC World Championships

Taylor continued his fine form in the World Championship as he took apart Canadian John Part in a 7-0 victory, unanswered by Part who would seek his revenge on The Power just two years later.

For the second year in a row, Taylor won the final unanswered by his opponent. In the 2002 final the unlucky participant was once again Peter Manley – who was no more than a spectator.

2003 PDC World Championship 

The 2003 final was described as ‘the greatest game ever seen by Sky.’ John Part, just two years after a humiliation in the final took revenge on Taylor as he defied the odds to deny The Power his ninth title, winning the game 7-6.

2007 PDC World Championship

After regaining his trophy for two consecutive years after losing to Part, 2007 saw the first ever meeting in a World Championship final between Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

What would prove to be a bitter rivalry, Barney earned his first ever PDC World Championship trophy with a 7-6 victory over the Englishman and marking the last final at the Circus Tavern.

2009 PDC World Championship

The Power regained control over Van Barneveld as he eased to a 7-1 victory over the Dutchman in his first ever final at Alexander Palace.

Taylor also set the highest ever average in a final with 110.94, showing that despite a couple of years out of the final he still had what it took to dominate the sport.

2013 PDC World Championship

This would prove to be The Power’s last final to date. His incredible run of consecutive finals had drawn to a close as this was his first in three years.

Taylor got the better of the upcoming youngster, Michael van Gerwen who was featuring in his first final. Despite setting an impressive ton average, Taylor had too much for MVG in the 7-4 victory.

Whether Phil Taylor can end his career with the fitting finale his career deserves is yet to be seen. However, The Power has proved to be undoubtedly the greatest ever to grace the increasingly popular game of darts.