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Ronnie O’Sullivan compares himself to football legend Diego Maradona | Snooker News

Ronnie O'Sullivan compares himself to football legend Diego Maradona | Snooker News
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O’Sullivan: “What I’m good at I’m unbelievably good at – my scoring, my break building, my positional play”

Last Updated: 11/08/20 10:54pm

Ronnie O’Sullivan has compared himself to Diego Maradona

Ronnie O’Sullivan has compared himself to a “fat Maradona” despite booking his place in the World Snooker Championship semi-finals on Tuesday.

O’Sullivan was once again far from satisfied with his performance against his fellow former champion Mark Williams in his dazzling 13-10 comeback at the Crucible.

Afterwards, the Essex potter claimed only natural talent – like that possessed by former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona – was sustaining his quest for a sixth career world title and first since 2013.

There will always be a little bit like… Maradona. You look at him now, he’s big and fat but you put a ball at his feet and the geezer’s unbelievable – but he’s not fit enough to play against guys who haven’t got as much talent as him.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan said: “I’m not hard on myself, I’m a realist. I’m not doubting that I’ve got ability. What I’m good at I’m unbelievably good at: my scoring, my break building, my positional play.

“There will always be a little bit like… Maradona. You look at him now, he’s big and fat but you put a ball at his feet and the geezer’s unbelievable – but he’s not fit enough to play against guys who haven’t got as much talent as him.

“It’s a little bit like snooker. You’ve got to have the long game and the safety and the cue action, you’ve got to have the reliability.

“I don’t believe you can win it being good or rubbish, and I’ve been good or rubbish. I just need to be steady. Otherwise it’s like trying to win the US Open with a five-iron in my bag.”

O’Sullivan fired five centuries in the match as he hit back from 7-2 and 8-4 behind to book a potentially gruelling clash with Mark Selby in the last four.

He added: “I love Mark Selby, he’s my favourite guy on the circuit. He’s proper lovely guy, funny as hell, but as a snooker player he’s a beast and the ultimate test, and I’m going to have to draw on every bit of skill and experience that I’ve got.”

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