Ronald Antonio "Ronnie" O'Sullivan (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player from Chigwell, Essex. One of the most successful players in the modern history of the sport, he is regarded by many observers of the game, including former world champion and commentator Dennis Taylor, as the most naturally gifted player in snooker history. Many critics and pundits, such as former professional player Neal Foulds, see him as the greatest snooker player of all time.
O'Sullivan made his first century break at age 10 and his first maximum break at age 15. He turned professional in 1992, at the age of 16, and soon earned the nickname "The Rocket" because of his rapid playing style. His first major success came when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a professional ranking tournament, a record he still holds. He is also the youngest player ever to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in 1995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days.
His record in Triple Crown events now stands at five World Championship, five Masters, and five UK Championship titles. His career total of 27 ranking titles places him third behind Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis, and his career earnings of over £8 million put him on second place after Hendry on snooker's all-time prize-money list. O'Sullivan has held the world number one ranking on multiple occasions, most recently during the 2009/2010 season. His other achievements include ten Premier League titles and winning the Nations Cup with England in 2000.
Known as a prolific break-builder, O'Sullivan holds the record for the most competitive century breaks, with 794. He also holds the record for the most ratified maximum breaks in professional competition and for the fastest competitive maximum break (5 minutes 20 seconds)...
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