Posted April 23, 2014 by John Baintree in News

Why Ronnie O’Sullivan is the greatest snooker player ever


Ronnie O’Sullivan now holds Five World Championships, five UK Championships and a series of 25 other ranking tournaments making his cleaner’s job especially tough on silver polishing day. If you were a betting person, how would you rate anyone in a competition against him while he’s on his current form?

That form saw drop just seven frames on his way to his recent victory against Mark Selby in his last UK Masters outing at Alexandra Palace. At just 38 years of age O’Sullivan treated the Alexandra Palace faithful to a nearly perfect display of tournament snooker. Flawless long potting and masterful safety strokes combined to make him unbeatable, frame after frame, game after game, and match after match.

His 6-0 drubbing of Ricky Walden in the quarters was delivered with just spectacular delivery of basic shots.  No master class in the secret weapons he is known for was called for and when commenting on the quality of his play afterwards, “okay” was his modest description of his performance.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is head and shoulders above any of the other major world players at the moment. Who would seriously consider Selby, Junhuis or even Robertson when O’Sullivan is on the sort of form that is at the moment?

Undoubtedly the Rocket is firing on all four cylinders at the moment (do Rockets have cylinders?) and is clearly producing some of his best snooker at an age when others become distinctly “off the boil.” This is perhaps because his approach to snooker involves a focus on health and fitness as well as mastering the tactics of the world tour. It is likely that this will see him remain in the top flight for more years to come.

Ronnie himself has set himself the target of winning the world title well into his forties and this is perhaps what makes him the greatest player ever.  On the other hand, amongst snooker die hard’s there is a generally accepted view that Ronnie O’Sullivan is the greatest snooker player ever, but perhaps he’s not quite earned those laurels yet. Never mind winning the World Championship in his forties, perhaps he needs to target the record of Tom Watson who was almost worlds champion at the age of 59 and this might then just make him the greatest player ever.