Ronnie O’Sullivan makes self-assured brash comment in sly dig at snooker rivals

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has explained why he is “the most successful snooker player of all time.” Ahead of his opening round win at the UK championship last night, O’Sullivan has explained why success can never be measured solely on matches won as he bids to claim a first trophy since his sixth world championship crown in August 2020.

He also explained why his style of play has enabled him to become one of the all-time greats in the sport.

“I think I’ve probably been the only player in the history of the game that’s played snooker in an attacking flair manner and become the most successful snooker player of all time,” O’Sullivan, 45, told Eurosport.

“I suppose my style of play and the fans that I’ve attracted has been because of the way I’ve played.

“I never want to bore the crowd out of an arena. I’d never want to be that player if there was 1000 people watching the match before but when I walk into play my match there is about 70 people there. They’ve all gone: ‘I’m going home now’.

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“I want to be the guy where 1000 people turn up to watch because they want to watch him play.

“It is a great feeling, but then you don’t want to play a style of snooker or a brand of snooker which doesn’t get victories either.”

O’Sullivan believes his quick and flamboyant style of play shouldn’t have brought him as much success as it has, and also thinks he is not the best all-round player in the sport.

“Maybe being the best all-round player is not good enough to be the most successful player of all time. Which probably goes to prove that with me. I’m probably not the best all-round player yet I’ve been the most successful player of all time.

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“My style of play, you shouldn’t win as much. Really, all the logic says you shouldn’t win as much,” he added.

“You know, you’ve got to be like [Steve] Davis, [Mark] Selby, methodical John Higgins, [Stephen] Hendry… you got to be like a machine because machines normally win at snooker,” said O’Sullivan.

“When they compare me and go: ‘I’m not the best all-round player in the world’, I sometimes think being the best all-round player is probably not a good thing.

O’Sullivan will face Robbie Williams in the second round after he beat amateur player Michael White 6-3.

The seven-time UK Championship winner made an impressive start, as he registered back-to-back breaks of 139 and 131.

White showed his talent and battled back to level the match at 3-3.

A tight seventh frame proved to be a huge turning point as O’Sullivan came out on top, before pulling away to win the final three frames.

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