Top Ten Best Snooker Players

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1Ronnie O Sullivan

TO ME RONNIE O'SULLIVAN IS THE BEST ALL ROUND SNOOKER PLAYER OF ALL TIME. NOT ONLY IS HE NATURALLY GIFTED TO BE ABLE TO USE BOTH HAND'S, HE ALSO MOST OF THE TIME MANAGE'S TO GET THE ANGLE RIGHT ON HIS NEXT SHOT. HE HAS A VERY QUICK BRAIN, HAS BRILLIANT SAFETY PLAY AND IS FAST BUT PRECISE AT HIS SHOT'S. HE HOLD'S THE FASTEST 147 IN JUST 5 MINUTES AND 20 SECOND'S IS IN 2ND PLACE OF THE MOST CENTURIES MADE AND IS A GREAT ENTERTAINER AND THAT;S WHAT THE CROWD WANT TO SEE PURE TALENT. HE MAY BE GETTING ON A BIT BUT IS STILL OVER ALL MOST PEOPLE'S FAVOURITE SNOOKER PLAYER. HE CAN GET UP SET WITH HIMSELF SOMETIMES BUT WHEN IT COME'S DOWN TO THE ACTUAL SNOOKER IS A GENIUS. WE LOVE YOU RONNIE O'SULLIVAN!

The rocket is the most natural talented player

Agree - naturally gifted - a bit unpredictable but superb

You will enjoy snooker played by any other player if you witness Ronnie brilliance on the table. A player you can only imagine just like mythology.

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2Stephen Hendry

"The best player ever to pick up a snooker cue" - Ronnie O'Sullivan

Seven times World Champion, Won more Ranking titles than any other player, More centuries than any other player and changed the way people played snooker with his attacking style

Winner of 36 ranking titles including 7 World Championships. Made 775 centuries and 11 maximum breaks. Definitely the best player ever.

Number one ever so far.

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3Steve Davis

The greatest ever won more proffesionnal titles than any one else by a mile 28 of them ranking, I understand that ranking events are what people count and hendry has 36 but if you don't even count the other tournaments at all what's the point in having them and that goes for any of the sports also in davis's day the balls were heavier and the cloths were thicker making it a lot harder to make big breaks the fact that the balls and cloths did change made it possible to change the way the game was played ie hendry taking advantage of a new style of play the attacking game leaving the old guard including davis who was getting older at the same time having to change there game they had been brought up on after saying that davis still made over 300 century breaks on old style tables and hung in with the new guard into his fifties given all this info and the fact he was untouchable in his pomp means he is in fact the greatest player ever no question

Snooker was so big in the 80s just look at the television viewing figures and compare them with today's. ! Thanks Steve

No doubt, simply the best

The best by a country mile

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4Joe Davis

The past players were also good and my father always ranked Joe Davis. Both are now dead and my father also ranked Ronnie O Sullivan. He, Joe was at his time the best and was nearly unbeatable from what I have heard or read about him I have noted that the list is mainly close or nearly past Players. Please do not forget the past invented and obviously again also played snooker.

5Alex Higgins

Higgins was blessed with more natural ability than he knew what to do with. He played snooker like some unique style of performance art. Aside from him only one other player can be classed as a genuine genius and that is O'Sullivan. Whilst his chaotic lifestyle and self destructive tendencies meant he didn't win as much as he otherwise would have done he did nonetheless win all the snooker 'majors' and was a double masters champion as well as a double world champion. His recovery from 0-7 to beat Steve Davis 16-15 in the 1983 you. K championship final is one of the most astonishing comebacks of all time. His 69 break to level at 15-15 in the 1982 world final is arguably the most famous break of all time but it is sometimes forgotten that in his next match he secured his second world title with a 135 total clearance.

The one true snooker genius. He was the reason many of us watched snooker in the 80's. I remember many late nights watching the excitement he created, especially in the duels with Davis. Rubbed many up the wrong way, but dragged snooker from dingy clubs to a huge audience. Some of the shots and breaks he made were unbelievable. Such a sad end for him, if somewhat caused by his lifestyle. The world of snooker should be ashamed the way it treated one of the greats and by far the most gifted player ever.

A Little guidance and Higgins would have gone a lot further. It was sickening to see so many faces at his funeral of stars who hadn¬'t given him the time of day during his ill health. Still that is the nature of the game. The fact is, Higgins wasn¬'t just trying to beat opponents at the table but in the gentlemens parlour who tried to block the progress of this working class hero at every turn. Only two titles, yes but he had to fight the snobs of the snooker establishment to get them. All power to Alex. The greatest.

Great to watch and entertain, sad end.

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6Jimmy White

Best wrest player biggest cue power à bit unlucky to come up against the two best match players Steve Davis' and Stephens hendry when they were in their prime but Should have won at least 3 world titles. Some say hè broke under pressure but that is not true I have al so see him play at his best under pressure. Perhaps the wrong lifestyle but for me à gentleman and the greatest character of them all

A crime he never won a world title. Many a lesser player has; but then again, that adds to the romance of a player justifiably tagged "the peoples champion"

Is an injustice he's yet to get the world title but he hasn't quit yet, hope it happens and he'll make the record of the oldest champion!

Far better than Ronnie o Sullivan will ever be

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7Judd Trump

Not a hope! Maybe some day! Judy "push the boat out" Trump is a good player. But Higgins, Williams, Murphy and Doherty are still ahead of him!

Ludicrous that Judd is as high as this. The seven players below him are all world champions, for a start.

I agree that Ronnie is the best, but Trump should be way higher than 13...

He is a top class player but ronnie is king!

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8John Higgins

The most complete snooker player...

Top 5 player of all time.. How can you rank him 9th. You have no idea of snooker it seems

Won the world championship 4 times need I say anymore.

9Shaun Murphy

Most underrated player ever but a complete Gentleman! A lesson to others?

10Mark Selby

18? I think that selbs is too god to be this low. Only ronnie is better

18? Oh come on! Selbs should at least be at top 5.

The Contenders

11Mark Williams

A great champion who had two spells as undisputed number one and then rose to the top a third time after dropping outside the top 40. Possibly the greatest single-ball potter of all time. At his peak (1999-2000 and 2002-2003) the best big match temperament of any player. Won all the biggest titles twice, so why is he ranked below White, Trump, Murphy, Taylor and Doherty, who haven't won them all even once?

Should be in the top ten ahead of trump and murphy, double world champion

12Dennis Taylor

Winner of the greatest match

13Ray Reardon

Six times world champion, and four places behind Judd Trump? Pretty obvious that Dracula - an absolute legend of the game, and one of its great, all-time masters - needs to be far higher than this. Top six, at the very least.

Should be in the top 5 without question. Dominated the game when Alex Higgins was in his pomp and reached a world final at 50.

Funny old Ray. Dominated in his era, albeit the 1970s. Should be in the top 5.

14Fred Davis

8 time world champion

15Ding Junhui

Ding took Judd Trump apart in the 2013 German Masters... Cue ball control was amazing.

5 ranking events in a season with today's standard of play compared to Hendry's era was something special, even the great Ronnie O'Sullivan, Higgins and Davis couldn't achieve that.

Currently ranks 3rd. Surely a legend in making.

16Neil Robertson

There is a reason why he was the first person ever to get 100 centuries! Thunder from down under

17Paul Hunter

Allure, prestigious presence! The dandy posing as a gentleman! Exquisite!

Love you paul hunter

18Cliff Thorburn

First perfect game in a world championship backed by several accomplishments

19John Spencer
20Ken Doherty

Great come back player.

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