Ronnie O'Sullivan: The Best Snooker Player in The History

Craig Edwards

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 4:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019 4:09 PM UTC

Ex professional snooker player Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ talks about the phenomenal career of snookers GOAT Ronnie O'Sullivan.

<h2><strong>Achievements </strong></h2><p><strong>19 Triple Crown event’s</strong></p><p><strong>5 World Championships </strong></p><p><strong>7 UK Championship </strong></p><p><strong>7 Masters </strong></p><p><strong>36 Ranking Titles </strong></p><p><strong>1007 Century breaks</strong></p><p><strong>15 Maximum 147 breaks</strong></p><p>In today’s article I am going to discuss the career of snooker’s “Greatest of All Time” Ronnie O'Sullivan. We begin with my first impressions of “The Rocket” charting how from the embryonic stage of his professional career he has been breaking or making records until now. The hurdles he has had to overcome off the table. The way he is still maturing as a match player while smashing Snooker's record books in a style that makes him the modern-day version of the “Peoples Champion”.</p><p>The first time my path crossed with Ronnie O'Sullivan he was a thirteen old who had travelled to Holland with his Dad for a pro-am outside Amsterdam. I had heard plenty about him on the grapevine and I could see his potential when I played him in the semi-final. At the time as a professional I gave 14 points start and managed to stifle him out the game comfortably with my experience. Next time I bumped into him was again in Holland at a Pro-am in Amsterdam approximately a year on and in that one year the improvement was rapid in his game making short work of everyone, winning the event.</p><p>At sixteen he turned Professional immediately making an impact right from the beginning. Twice I played him in the professional tournament qualifying that year and you could see he was something special with the ease he handled the what were testing conditions for the majority. In-fact in his second season he won snookers’ second most prestigious title the UK Championship at the age of seventeen. A remarkable achievement and one I very much doubt will ever be bettered and this year he won a record breaking seventh title in the event.</p><p>A child prodigy with so much success so young there was probably always going to be a price to pay. His father Ronnie senior went to prison for 14 years during his second season, that must have been a hammer blow at the time having seen their close father-son relationship first hand. In these later years he has forged a close working relationship with sports psychologist Stephen Peters and there can be no doubt this specialist help has helped him to improve past certain obstacles. There have been times in his career he has played tournaments left handed such is the talent of this ambidextrous individual and he still using this skill to his advantage on many occasions.</p><p>The only Snooker records he has left to break are his number of World Championships being two behind Stephen Hendry and one behind Steve Davis. He holds more Triple Crown events than any other player in player in history in nineteen (five World, seven UK and seven Masters).</p><p>The longevity of his career is remarkable, twenty-five years at the very top. He has looked after his health well which can only help and is an enthusiastic runner. There are more reasons for the length of career at the very top. He does not play a full schedule like his adversaries not only in recent years but in 2011/2012 he took the whole season off only to return to win April’s World Championships at Sheffield. Despite the mental rollercoaster of being a professional snooker player getting the better of him from time to time he has never burned out. He has matured so much in these latter years he also handles being a pundit for Eurosport while managing to compete.</p><p>A couple of weeks ago in winning the Players Championship at the Preston Guild Hall (won his UK Championship at 17 in 1994 at same venue) he completed the magical 1000<sup>th</sup> century break in the tournament winning frame against Neil Robertson. It was a magical moment in time as the crowd erupted when he was clearing the balls with Ronnie obviously delighted to do it in style.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;What an achievement 👏&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ronnieo147?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ronnieo147&lt;/a&gt;'s road to 1000 centuries... &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/SU2eJ5pyZk\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/SU2eJ5pyZk&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status/1104842784547225600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 10, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>When I began playing people joked “a century only wins one frame” and in years prior a cricketer making a century was a more regular feat than a snooker player making one. How Ronnie now has changed that perception racking them up at an alarmingly brilliant rate compared to the rest. Who can forget his maximum 147 break against Mick Price that took a record 5 minutes 20 seconds.</p><p>I will cover next months World Championship for <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/" target="_blank" title="Betting Odds and Predictions">oddsmarket.com</a> when I will discuss his chance more in depth but it has never been the best for Ronnie as winning five times in twenty-five years feels a poor return given his ability. The seventeen days length has never really seemed his “cup of tea” but that said he is still evolving as a competitor. I for one hope he bucks that trend soon to equal the only records he does not hold which would feel in keeping with his status. He appears as to be still improving as a match player this season at the ripe age of forty-three with a total commitment and determination to the cause we have never seen before. That resolve has never been more evident than last week’s Tour Championship semi-final when he fought back from 2-6 and 5-8 behind to beat the young pretender to his crown Judd Trump. What made it more impressive was the fact that Judd Trump was the only player all season to have looked remotely comfortable beating “The Rocket” in the Northern Ireland Open and the Masters. In the process of winning the Tour Championship Ronnie returned to World number one after 3247 days equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of 36 Ranking Titles in the process.</p><h2>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Crazy! Not a bad day at the office 😎🥇Thanks to all my fans for the continued support &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/rankingpoints?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#rankingpoints&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/e2jE5tWX88\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/e2jE5tWX88&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Ronnie O'Sullivan (@ronnieo147) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ronnieo147/status/1109970181009428485?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 25, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</h2><h2>What possibly more could he achieve?</h2><p>Well potentially there is a bet to be had for him to be SPOTY (Sports Personality of the Year). For many years in the late seventies early eighties Alex Higgins was known as the “Peoples Champion”, that mantle was passed along to his great friend Jimmy White for a decade but nowadays no doubt the title belongs to Ronnie O'Sullivan. His 1000<sup>th</sup> century should be enough for him to be nominated after last year’s outcry when then snubbed selecting him straight after winning a record seventh UK Championship. Should he happen to win next month’s World Championship his price will plummet given his popularity for the style he has brought to snooker and sports lovers all over the world. The hierarchy at the BBC have taken too long to nominate him and everybody is aware of that but should they finally do their duty, his adoring British public will vote and show their love for him.</p><p><em><strong>Ronnie O'Sullivan to win Sports Personality of the year, each way @8/1 (9.00) <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds">Bet365</a></strong></em></p>
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