Ronnie O’Sullivan names his top five snooker players of all time

Ronnie O’Sullivan has not put himself on his list of legends (Picture: George Wood/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan put together his top five snooker players ever, although his list is different to anyone else considering the quintet, as he didn’t put himself in there.

When speaking at the Shanghai Masters after beating Ali Carter 6-3 in his opening contest in the non-ranking event, the Rocket gave his low down on the best players to have played.

Asked for his top five ‘legend players in history’ at a post-match press conference, O’Sullivan said: ‘Stephen Hendry, number one. Steve Davis, number two. Joe Davis, number three. Ray Reardon, number four. John Higgins, number five.’

Asked whether he should have a place in the list, he said: ‘I don’t name myself.’

The Rocket and the Wizard will resume their rivalry on the table, which dates back over 30 years when they used to batle it out as junior players.

Snooker player John Higgins

John Higgins faced the Rocket in the quarter-final of the Shanghai Masters last year (Picture: Getty Images)

O’Sullivan has always been full of respect and admiration for the Scot and he knows it will be a tough test when they meet on Thursday.

‘I’ve already put him in my legends list, so everyone knows what I think about John as a player,’ said O’Sullivan.

‘He’s been playing really well so far this season, he looked good in Germany, looked phenomenal in his matches here so far’ he said at the time.

More recently O’Sullivan comfortably won his first round of the 2024 World Snooker, with the world number one hammering 22 year old Jackson Page 10-1 in Sheffield, strolling into the last 16 where he will face Ryan Day.

Jackson Page at the Cazoo World Snooker Championship 2024 - Day Five

Jackson Page found O’Sullivan to be a ‘nightmare’ to play against. (Picture: George Wood/Getty Images)

‘I was like a rabbit in the headlights first four frames, just couldn’t get anything going. It was just bad really. Managed to get a break in the seventh frame, but apart from that it was poor, wasn’t good at all,’ said Page.

‘It’s always tough playing Ronnie, he puts you in positions and I couldn’t get in. He puts you in positions and you know you can’t miss. You know your safety has got to be good and mine wasn’t today or yesterday.

‘I like playing against the best players because usually I bring my best game, but I just didn’t. You can’t play well all the time, so I’ll just look forward to the next.’

Speaking about O’Sullivan Page descibred the rocket as a man with an aura about him, one that makes him one of the ebst – and annoying – players in the wrold.

‘‘I’m not even too bothered about that but he does have it and you feel it. He just puts you in positions that not many people can do. It’s just a nightmare.’

O’Sullivan will next play in the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, April 28.

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