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Ronnie O’Sullivan: I am not the best snooker participant ever

Seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan doesn’t assume he’s the best snooker participant of all time, at the same time as he bids for a record-breaking eighth Crucible title.

O’Sullivan, 48, begins his first-round match towards 22-year-old Welsh qualifier Jackson Web page on Wednesday (14:30 BST), with the second session on Thursday afternoon.

One other world title would transfer O’Sullivan one away from Stephen Hendry’s seven Crucible successes within the Nineties.

O’Sullivan has already gained the opposite two occasions in snooker’s Triple Crown – the UK Championship and the Masters – this season, the eighth time he has lifted every trophy, greater than every other participant.

Requested if he thought of himself as the most effective ever, O’Sullivan mentioned: “I don’t regard myself as the best. I’m one among them, possibly. You’ve acquired Hendry, [six-time world champion Steve] Davis, and my hat’s within the ring with them. I’ve had a special profession to them. They did it over a ten-year interval, whereas I’ve type of gone off observe, acquired myself collectively, again off observe, then acquired myself again collectively.

“I’ve needed to go on longer to get what I’ve acquired. I used to be a bit everywhere in the present at instances with stuff happening off the desk and that may have an effect on the way you carry out on it. Hendry and Davis just about had every thing fitted round them to be centered on snooker and I didn’t have that.”

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