SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE: Ronnie O’Sullivan bows to Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis

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RONNIE O’Sullivan does not believe that he will ever eclipse the achievments of Steve Davis or Stephen Hendry.

New world champion O’Sullivan is taking six months off after winning his fourth Crucible crown in Sheffield.

But The Rocket, who beat fellow Essex cueman Ali Carter 18-11 in this week’s showcase final, feels he has not enough time to match or better Davis’s six world titles and Hendry’s record seven Crucible crowns.

“I wouldn’t say snooker needs me, but I do think snooker is better with me in it than me out of it,” admitted O’Sullivan.

“Take Tiger Woods, if he’s not playing I’m not interested in a golf tournament.

“I don’t care if he is 10 over, I want to watch him because he can do things other players can’t do.

“I’m not putting myself in that category as he is an unbelievable sportsman, in the top two or three of all time, maybe with Muhammad Ali and Michael Schumacher.

“They are iconic people who have taken their sport to the world and an unbelievable level.

“But my chances of winning tournaments are getting less and less, they’re not getting more and more.

“I’ve won four world titles, but seven is a mammoth total. I don’t think I can achieve what they have. It’s a war of attrition to win this.

“I’ve got my four, but Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis were special kinds of people. To even think about emulating them is dream world.

“I am not quite sure what I am doing at the moment, but after some time off I will reassess, and for now just enjoy this moment.”