Over a career spanning 28 years, Ronnie O’Sullivan has established himself as snooker’s greatest ever player.
In recognition of his achievements, O’Sullivan has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for the first time. You can vote for O’Sullivan this Sunday (December 20th) by telephone or online. Details of how to vote will be available on the night from 8pm.
Here’s a summary of O’Sullivan’s greatest moments and records…
37 ranking events (a record, one ahead of Stephen Hendry). Watch O’Sullivan interviewed after winning the 2020 world title
20 Triple Crown titles (a record, two ahead of Hendry). Watch O’Sullivan breaking Hendry’s record at the 2018 UK Championship
Six World Championship titles (one behind Hendry). Watch O’Sullivan winning the 2012 World Championship
Seven UK Championship wins (a record, one ahead of Steve Davis). Watch O’Sullivan winning the 2017 UK Championship
Seven Masters titles ( a record, one ahead of Hendry). Watch O’Sullivan make a century at the 2014 Masters
Has held the world number one position on four separate occasions.
1,075 centuries (a record, 270 ahead of John Higgins). Watch O’Sullivan’s most recent century break
15 maximum breaks (a record, four ahead of Hendry and Higgins) Watch O’Sullivan’s 147 at the 2008 World Championship
Only player to make five centuries in a best of nine match. O’Sullivan achieved this in a 5-2 win over Ali Carter at the 2007 Northern Ireland Open – and his breaks included a 147.
Fastest 147 – five minutes and eight seconds at the 1997 World Championship. Watch it here
Fastest match at the Crucible – a 10-1 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round in 2020, lasting 108 minutes Watch O’Sullivan interviewed after that match
Youngest and Oldest
Youngest ever winning of a ranking event – beating Hendry in the 1993 UK Championship final at the age of 17. Watch the last frame
Youngest ever winner of the Masters, beating John Higgins in the 1995 final at the age of 19.
Oldest World Champion since Ray Reardon in 1978.
Longest gap between first and most recent ranking titles – 27 years! Watch a classic O’Sullivan clearance