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Ronnie O’Sullivan is the greatest player to ever play our game: Mark Selby

Four-time world champion Mark Selby has made it clear that he believes Ronnie O’Sullivan is the greatest player to ever play the game of Snooker.

Selby appeared in the World Snooker Tour podcast recently and was asked about O’Sullivan there. The 39-year-old called him ‘incredible’ and an inspiration for all that he has achieved in this sport. 

“He is the greatest player to ever play our game, for me,” Selby told the World Snooker Tour podcast.

“To still be playing the standard he’s playing is incredible at his age, and to still be at the top of the game as world champion is incredible,” said Selby.

“The biggest thing for me is the hunger and you need to stay healthy as well. When you get older the hunger can go a little bit, you don’t put so many hours in, and you can’t cheat this game, put a couple of hours in here and there and expect to win big tournaments.

“The hunger is still there at the moment and I’m healthy. As long as I maintain that aspect then who knows?”

Selby told how O’Sullivan still maintaining his prowess in the game at the age of 46 gives him inspiration. He knows that he is still seven years younger than O’Sullivan and, with a little bit of practice, he can definitely keep his level of performance up for a long time ahead.

The man from Leicester also talked about his ambitions and how he would like to win the World Championship once more, which will be his fifth title if he does so.

He says that it would be nice to go out with five titles to his name. Obviously, the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan (7), Stephen Hendry (7), and Steve Davis (6) have more titles to their name, but he would feel nice to go out with five to his name as nobody else has that number with them.

But Selby acknowledged that winning the World Championship four times is still an incredible achievement. Growing up he wanted to win it at least once, but he has won it four times now. So, it feels pretty incredible for him to be able to achieve that.