Who are the Top 10 snooker players of all time?

These are the top-ranked all-time greats from the world of snooker who have dominated the game since the origin of the game.

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By Soumya | Jul 18, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

1. Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan is widely regarded as the modern star of the game. He is one of the most naturally gifted players of all time. Sullivan holds five World Championships, six Masters titles and five UK Championships. Ronnie is a three-time record holder. He is the youngest player to have won the Masters and for the most maximum breaks.

2. Stephen Hendry

He is the youngest-ever World Champion at 21 years. Stephen Hendry has spent around 27 years in the sport. Hendry also topped the world rankings for 8 consecutive seasons. He has 7 world titles, 6 Masters titles and 5 UK Championships. It’s no wonder that to many he is thought of as the greatest snooker player of all time.

3. Steve Davis

Often considered as snooker’s first superstar, Steve Davis dominated the game in the 80s. Nicknamed “The Nugget”, he has won 6 world titles. He quit the game in April 2016. His most famous match was the 1985 World Championship Final against Dennis Taylor. It was known as ‘The Black Ball Final’. The match had a viewership of a staggering 18.5 million people in the UK. Eventually, Dennis Taylor won the contest.

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4. Alex Higgins

Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins was famous for his wild and destructive lifestyle. However, he substituted it with his sporting brilliance. He won two world titles, the UK Championship and two Masters titles. Alex is only one of the ten players to complete Snooker’s Triple Crown. Unfortunately, this genius passed away in 2010.

5. John Higgins

John Higgins won four World Championships, three UK Championships, and two Masters titles. He is one of the most successful players in the modern history of snooker. The ‘Wizard of Wishaw’ never dropped below number six in the world rankings between 1996 and 2012. Even though he has been surrounded by newspaper speculations and match-fixing allegations, he has retained his grandeur in snooker.

6. Jimmy White

Whilst never winning a World Championship, Jimmy “The Whirlwind” White has made it to six finals. He is the most talented player to never win the biggest prize in the sport. However, he has won both the Masters and the UK Championship. He is also accredited to make the maximum break in the World Championship.

7. Mark Selby

Mark is the reigning World Snooker and UK champion and the current world number one. “The Jester from Leicester” has 3 masters, 2 UK Championships and 2 World Championships to his name. He is the sixth player to win all of Snooker’s Triple Crown events at least twice. Selby is also a professional pool player, winning the 2006 WEPF eight-ball pool world championship.

8. Ray Reardon

Ray Reardon dominated the game in the 1970s. He was known as ‘Dracula’ because of his hairstyle. Ray is known for often engaging the crowd with jokes mid-break. He won his first World Championship in 1970. Reardon added 5 more titles in his career. He was also snooker’s first-ever world number one.

9. Joe Davis

The modern game of snooker owes a big part of what it has become to Joe Davis who is often credited as the man that started it all. Davis helped to organise the first-ever World Championship in 1927. He went on to win that year. He held on to that title for 15 consecutive years. Joe retired from the game having never lost a match at the world championship.

10. Dennis Taylor

Taylor is best known for winning the World Championship in 1985. He defeated World number 1, Steve Davis. The match was watched by 18.5 million people in the UK. He also won the Grand Prix in 1984 and the Masters in 1987. Taylor is well known for his trademark oversized glasses.

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