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Best Snooker Players Ever | Greatest Snooker Player of All time

Best Snooker Players Ever: Snooker is a different and entertaining game. This game is played by two players on a snooker table. The players of this game have to hit the ball with the stick in order to get them into the table’s hole. When we about this game, it seems very easy, but it is not.

Best Snooker Players Ever

Snooker is a cue sport that was first played by British Army officers. Snooker is an indoor game. It is played on its table with some balls and a cue stick. This game requires two main things- great focus and target to play it well. There are many amazing snooker players in the world. But some of them are soo popular, that they are known across the whole world. Here is the list of the Best Snooker Player Ever.

No 1. Ronald O’ Sullivan

Ronald O’ Sullivan ranks at the first position in the list of Best Snooker Player Ever. He is an English professional snooker player. He started playing snooker at age 7 and became a noted amateur competitor a very few times. At the age of 13, he won the British Under-16 Championship. At the age of 15, he won the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship. In 1992, he became a professional player and won 74 of his first 76 qualifying matches. In 2001, he reached his first world final, after defeating John Higgins. He is mostly known for his fast and attacking style of play. He gained the nickname ‘The Rocket’ after winning a best-of-nine frame match in a record 43 minutes during his debut season as a professional. He is right-handed but can play to a high standard with his left hand. He has written three crime novels in collaboration with author Emlyn Rees – Framed, Double Kiss, and The Break. He has also co-authored a health and fitness book with nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert. He has been involved with several video games- World Snooker Championship 2007, and Virtual Snooker in 1996. He has suffered from depression and struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism in his early career. He is the most successful player in the history of snooker’s Triple Crown Series.

  • He was born on 5 December 1975 in West Midlands, England.
  • He belongs to the Islamic religion and his nationality is British.
  • He has won 10 Premier League Snooker Titles.
  • He owns Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley, Porsche cars.
  • His total net worth is  $15 million.

No 2. Stephen Hendry

Stephen Hendry is a Scottish professional snooker player and commentator. In 1981, he started playing snooker, at the age of 12. At the age of 16, he won the Scottish U-16 Championship. In the same year, he won the Scottish Amateur Championship and also became the youngest ever player in the World Amateur Championship.  In 1985, after retaining the Scottish Amateur Championship, he became a professional player. In 1988, he was ranked world no. 4 and was voted the BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year. In the 1994 UK final, he defeated Ken Doherty. He has won 75 professional titles. He also won four team titles as well as several amateur titles.  He is also interested in Football and supports the Scottish team. At the age of 21, he became the youngest-ever World Champion. He also has six ‘Masters’ titles and five UK Championship titles. He is one of three players to have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season. In 2020, he announced that he would come out of retirement after accepting an invitational tour card for the next two seasons.

  • He was born on 13 January 1969 in Scotland.
  • He married Mandy Tart in 1995, and the couple had 2 children.
  • In 2014, he moved to England to pursue a relationship with  Lauren Thundow.
  • His total net worth is $16.5 Million.

No 3. Steve Davis

Steve Davis is an English professional player. He started playing snooker when his father advised him to play and gave him a book ‘How I Play Snooker’ by Joe Davis. In 1976, he won the English Under-19 Billiards Championship. In 1979, he played in his first World Snooker Championship. Not only in snooker, but he has also competed in the nine-ball pool from 1994 to 2004. He has an ongoing career as a radio broadcaster, club DJ, and musician. He is a founding member of the electronic music band The Utopia Strong. He has authored or co-authored books on snooker, chess, cooking, and music, and three autobiographies. He was also made The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has been honorary president of the Snooker Writers’ Association. He was also an amazing player of Poker and was seen in many tournaments. He won a record 84 professional titles and was the runner-up in 38 events. He compiled 355 competitive centuries during his career. He was one of the first professional players to play in China.

  • He was born on 22 August 1957 in London, England.
  • He divorced his first wife Judith in 2005 after 15 years of marriage.
  • He was given many nicknames during his career – The Nugget, Ginger Magician, Romford Robot, and Golden Nugget.
  • His total net worth is $33.7 Million.

No 4. Alex Higgins

Alex Higgins was a Northern Irish professional snooker player. He started playing snooker at the age of 11. In 1968 he won the Northern Ireland Amateur Snooker Championship. After this success, he became the first player to win the tournament on his first appearance. In 1972, he became a professional player after winning the World Championship. During his snooker journey, he won 20 other titles. He also won the ‘Masters’ two times in 1978, and 1981. At the age of 40 in 1989, he won Irish Masters. This was the last professional tournament he won. In 2007, he had assaulted a referee at a charity match in the northeast of England. In 2010, was part of the debut Snooker Legends Tour event in Sheffield. He smoked heavily and smoked 80 cigarettes a day. In 1998, he had throat cancer and went under surgery. In his last years, he wouldn’t able to talk properly. He was known as the ‘People’s Champion’ because of his popularity. He has won the world cup three times, with the All Ireland Team.

  • He was born on 18 March 1949 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • In April 1975, he married Cara Hasler in Sydney and had a daughter Christe.
  • He divorced Cara Hasler, he married Lynn Avison in 1980.
  • In 1985, Lynn Avison and Alex separated and began a relationship with Siobhan Kidd.
  • He died on 24 July 2010, and the reasons behind his death were malnutrition, pneumonia, tooth decay, and a bronchial condition.
  • He earned and spent £3–4 million in his career as a snooker player.

No 5. John Higgins

John Higgins is a Scottish professional snooker player. In 1992, he became professional and reached the quarter-finals of the British Open. At the age of 19, he won his first ranking tournament at the Grand Prix. In 1998, he won his first World Championship. He made a then-record 14 centuries in the tournament. He also won the UK Championship and ‘Master’. He is one of the six players to have claimed both the World and UK Championship in the same year. In 2001, he became the first player to win the opening three tournaments of a season – the Champions Cup, Scottish Masters, and the British Open. In the Grand Prix final in 2005, he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is also a supporter of the Celtic Football Club. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Years Honors 2008. In 2010, he and his wife appeared on ITVs Mr. and Mrs. and reached the final after answering all of their questions correctly to win £30,000. During his snooker journey, he has won 31 titles with 4 World Championships, 3 UK Championships, and 2 Masters titles.

  • He was born on 18 May 1975 in Scotland.
  • In 2000, he married Denise, and the couple has three children.
  • He is also known by his nickname The Wizard of Wishaw.
  • His net worth is $ 11.2 Million.

No 6. Jimmy White

Jimmy White is an English senior snooker player. At the age of 8-9, he played with Tony Meo, he played with him for money matches. His natural aptitude for snooker led to a successful amateur career. In 1979, he won English Ameture Championship. In the 1992 World Championship, he made history in the 13th frame by becoming the second player to make a maximum break in the World Championship. He won £100,000 in prize money for this achievement. In his autobiography, he revealed that he was addicted to crack cocaine during the struggle time of his career. In the 1990s his dog Splinter was kidnapped for ransom. Jimmy paid ransom got back his dog. Splinter became the first dog to have a color poster on the front page of ‘The Times’. He was also interested in pool and poker games. He was a member of Europe’s victorious Mosconi Cup. He is currently a commentator for Snooker coverage on Eurosport-UK.

  • He was born on 2nd May 1962 in Tooting, England.
  • Jimmy White’s nickname is ‘The Whirlwind’.
  • He married Maureen Mockler and they have five children. But later they got separated.
  • In 2018, he started a relationship with beauty queen Jade Slusarczyk.
  • His total net worth is  $9 million.

No 7. Mark Selby (Best Snooker Players Ever)

Mark Selby is an English professional snooker player. He started snooker at a very early age. In 1998, he became the winner of the England under-15 championship. After this, he participated in many championships but didn’t get much success. Later in 2008, he won his first major tournament the ‘Masters’. In 2010, he won his second ‘Masters’ title. In the same year, he also won the Six-Red World Championship in Bangkok. In the 2011 World Championship, he set the record for the most century breaks compiled in a world championship. He won his 18th ranking title at the European Masters. In May 2021, he won his fourth world title in the World Championship.  He has won a total of 20 ranking titles, which makes him seventh on the all-time list of ranking tournament winners.

  • He was born on 19 June 1983 in England.
  • Mark married Vikki Layton ( Irish international pool player ) in 2011 in Mexico.
  • His nickname is ‘The Jester from Leicester.
  • His total net worth is £4.9million.

No 8. Joe Davis (Best Snooker Players Ever)

Joe Davis was an English professional snooker and billiards player. At the age of eleven, he started playing English billiards. In 1919, he became a professional billiards player. In 1922, he won Midlands Counties Billiards Championship. In 1928 he become the world champion in English billiards for the first time. In 1927, the final of the first snooker world championship was organized and was won by Joe Davis. He won the world championship every year until 1940. In 1963, he was awarded the Order Of The British Empire. He won four world billiards championship titles and 15 World Snooker Championship titles. He was the second person to become a world champion at both snooker and billiards. He also became the first player to hold professional titles in both billiards and snooker. He was not able to focus with his right eye and played with his cue to the left of his chin.

  • He was born on 15th April 1901 in England.
  • In 1921, he married Florence Enid Stevenson and has two children. But later got separated.
  • In 1945, he married Juanita Ida Triggs (a singer).
  • He died on 10 July 1978 from a chest infection.

No 9. Ray Reardon (Best Snooker Players Ever)

Ray Reardon is a Welsh retired professional snooker player. In 1967, he became a professional snooker player. In 1969, he played his first World Championship. He was World champion in 1970,1973, 1974,1975, 1976, and 1978. In 1969, he won the inaugural Pot Black tournament. In 1982, he won the Professional Player Tournament at the age of 50. He remains the oldest player ever to win a ranking tournament. He has also won the State Express World Team Classic for Wales. In 1985, he was awarded the MBE. He also coached Ronald O’ Sullivan for the 2004 World Snooker Championship.

  • He was born on 8th October 1932 in Wales.
  • Ray Reardon’s wife is Susan Reardon.
  • He was known by the nickname ‘Dracula’ because of his sharp-toothed grin and a dark widow’s peak.
  • His total net worth is $1.3 Million.

No 10. Dennis Taylor (Best Snooker Players Ever)

Dennis Taylor is a Northern Irish retired professional snooker player. He started his journey with British Junior Billiards Championship. In 1972, he become a professional player.  In 1973, he debuted in World Snooker Championship. In 1984, He won one ranking title at the Grand Prix. He made the highest break of his career at the 1987 Carling Challenge by a 141. From 1983, he started wearing distinctive glasses designed by Jack Karnehm individually for playing snooker. He retired as a professional in the year 2000. And became a regular commentator on BBC snooker broadcasts.

  • He was born on 19 January 1949 in Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
  • He married Louise Taylor in the year 2001, and the couple has two children.
  • His total net worth is 23.2 million USD.

FAQ (Best Snooker Players Ever | Greatest Snooker Player of All time)

Who is the greatest snooker player of all time?

Ronald O’ Sullivan is the greatest snooker player of all time.

2. Who is the No 1 snooker player in the world?

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