Forgive me for spamming this thread with non-relevant opinions too much, but I really need to express a little bit more of why I support and respect Ronnie O'Sullivan! I am quite drunk right now and I must say that lots of Bulgarians, as I mentioned above, love Ronnie for the star he is popularized by broadcasting and so on, but would gladly stop watching snooker after the day the Rocket retires. Well I personally possess a different stance regarding the game of snooker. Yes, Ronnie is my favourite sports person ever, but I genuienly love the game and appreciate all the contributions that other players, apart from O'Sullivan, made for the game! He was, is and forever will be the greatest player to pick up a cue ever, but people in my country tend to commercialize way too much what O'Sullivan means for the sport and hence making his accomplishments less valuabale than what they actually are. He makes the game look so easy, that a sport as snooker, which is not a part of our culture, won't stay relevant for too long after Ronnie retires and the demand for the same quality (which even modern Trump will be unable to sustain in the long term) will very well decide the fate of snooker as a watchable entertaiment on TV in my country... I have been following snooker (and Ronnie respectively) since the Rocket won his second world title and have been an avid fan ever since, with a genuine interest of the history of snooker as well. But I know this for a fact from following several other sports during my lifetime - a player is never bigger than the sport he/she represents, even if being called Ronnie O'Sullivan! Snooker is and will be a great entertainment even without certain players.
PS: Who am I actually fooling? As long as I wrote this text, I realised that Ronnie IS snooker and Ronnie IS bigger than the sport of snooker...In my opinion, Muhhamad Ali/Sugar Ray Robbinson are the only significant sports people in history who are comparable to Ronnie for their respective fields! Michael Jordan being another one! And for me personally Michael Schumacher (despite the fact that Hamilton is about to obliterate most of his records)! Way too many variables and conditions when trying to determine the greatest of all times football and tennis players, in my opinion. I will certainly be watching snooker after Ronnie, that is for sure, I love the game, but at the same time I think that the Rocket is one of a kind and he is actually, if not bigger, at least equal to the game. He is that great!
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