July 24, 2024

Why is Ronnie O’Sullivan called the Rocket?

Ronnie O’Sullivan is widely considered one of the best snooker players on the planet, having won a total of seven World Championship titles. Only three people have lifted more world titles than O’Sullivan, who is believed to be up there with the greatest snooker players of all time

Taking to the sport from an early age, it became apparent that O’Sullivan was a natural with cue in hand. Turning professional aged just 16 in 1992, the West Midlands-born star quickly made a name for himself and made his debut at the World Championship one year later.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan is nicknamed the Rocket (Image: Getty)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is widely considered one of the best snooker players on the planet, having won a total of seven World Championship titles. Only three people have lifted more world titles than O’Sullivan, who is believed to be up there with the greatest snooker players of all time.

Taking to the sport from an early age, it became apparent that O’Sullivan was a natural with cue in hand. Turning professional aged just 16 in 1992, the West Midlands-born star quickly made a name for himself and made his debut at the World Championship one year later.

Unsurprisingly, given the starlet’s talent, it wasn’t long before the titles began to flow for O’Sullivan. Winning the UK Championship aged just 17, O’Sullivan became the youngest-ever winner of a ranking event – a record that still stands to this day.

Fast forward to today and the now 48-year-old boasts an illustrious trophy cabinet, with O’Sullivan having won an impressive 41 ranking titles. Among the titles are three World Grand Prix wins, eight UK Championship wins and, of course, his seven World Championship titles. He’s also won an impressive eight Masters titles, which with his World Championship and UK Championship wins, make up snooker’s coveted Triple Crown.

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