Snooker players tend to get overlooked when the topic of ‘best sportsperson of all time’ is under discussion. When we think of athletes, we think of people with immense physical prowess, but is it fair to think of sports solely in those terms? Snooker is a sport, is it not? Snooker players must possess skills that we associate with ice-hockey superstars, such as hand-eye coordination, concentration, stamina, and the will to win. Snooker players compete in high-pressure tournaments to win huge cash prizes, just like tennis players. And we place sports bets on snooker games at MuchBetter casinos (about which you can read more here) just like we place sports bets on football or horse racing.
Snooker players deserve to hold the title of G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time), but they are unlikely to beat the likes of Serena Williams, Mo Farah, or Usain Bolt to the top. It’s probably got a lot to do with a belief that some snooker players are hard drinkers with a penchant for staying out all night, eating junk food, and taking the least amount of care necessary to maintain their physical well-being. Snooker players are sportsmen (and women) who laugh in the face of sport while downing a whiskey in the middle of a high-stakes game. Snooker players are the rebels of the sporting world, which is why we love them. It’s also why they’ll never get the G.O.A.T.
To right this wrong, we’ve put together a list of the greatest snooker players ever to grace a major tournament. These guys, and it turns out that they are all men, have made snooker one of the most entertaining sports to watch from the side-lines-and let’s face it, making snooker entertaining to watch is a feat in and of itself. Back in the 80s, when snooker was arguably in its heyday, televised matches would attract millions of viewers. Some might say that there wasn’t much else on TV to watch in those days, other would fiercely disagree. These days, the audiences are not quite so large, but the personalities standing next to the snooker table are just as larger than life as they have ever been.
Our list of great names spans 100 years of snooker. We’ve included Joe Davis, a man you might call the father of modern snooker. In 1927, Davis organised the first World Championship. He won, of course, and then went on to keep winning for the next fifteen years. He retired as the unbeaten World Champion, and no player since has managed to surpass his record of 15 consecutive wins. And from Joe Davis, we reach all the way into the 2010s to find Mark Selby battling it out for the world number one spot with Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan, it must be said, is at the top of most lists when it comes to greatest snooker player of all time. We’ve put together our list in no particular order, but we’ve put O’Sullivan ‘The Rocket’ at the top because that’s where he deserves to be.
What do you think of our top 10 list of greatest snooker players of all time? Do you agree, or is your blood boiling because we’ve left someone out? There are players that may have slipped under our radar, but we doubt that those players could bump any of these great names off the list. We’ll leave the debate up to you.