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Thursday, 02 May 2013 15:19

Ronnie O’Sullivan just in it for the money

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s return to the Crucible to defend the World Championship was out of the need for ‘a bit of money’ according to the snooker star.

The 37 year old snooker player announced in November 2012 that he would miss the rest of the season due to ‘personal issues’ and only resurfaced in February 2013. Online sports betting fans will be licking their lips at the thought of him winning at the Crucible, however, he is having to be on his toes as Judd Trump finds his long distance potting form.

But win or lose, the surprising aspect of Ronnie’s interview was the fact that he stated his disdain for the game and the only reason for his return was not his desire to defend the prestigious title or the love of the game that has provided a relatively comfortable standard of living for him and his family; but for cash to pay for his children’s school fees, which is he has not paid for the ‘last two or three terms’.

I find it almost unbelievable that after earning more than a report 6 million quid so far in his career, that Ronnie O’Sullivan can admit of coming back into the game just to find money for his kids private schooling. There are two major aspects to this statement that really bothers me. One is that in this time of huge earnings and massive sponsorship etc, that more and more sporting personalities end up with nothing in the bank. The other is his lack of feeling for the game, that has literally provided a relatively extravagant lifestyle for him and his family. I get the feeling that he is sick of snooker and would not really have anything to do with the game, if it wasn’t for the fact that he needed the money.

But then in spite of his honesty in admitting his feelings and reasons for getting back into the snooker. Then it strikes me odd that Ronnie would come back into the sport considering one’s dislike of it, instead of simply not bothering at all. But then again, that is the complex character that makes Ronnie O’Sullivan who is his and why we all find him interesting, both on and off the snooker table.

Bet on Ronnie to make it past Trump at PaddyPower - currently priced 8/15