We know his name as Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan, but sometimes it must be hard for non-sports fans to not conjure up an image of an East End gangster working alongside the Kray Twins in the sixties.
Well, he definitely talks like one as his recent punditry debut showed us, but of course, he is a snooker player – well, a snooker legend.
Revered on the hallow grounds of the Crucible, he still holds the record for the fastest 147 in history at five minutes 20 seconds which came in the 1997 World Championship match against Mick Price.
O’Sullivan also has a host of other records – a record 38 consecutive ranking event wins which came in his first 38 professional matches, he won his first under 21 championship at the age of 15, and has over 800 career centuries to his name. Quite a player.
So, the question most sports star face is – what's next?
When the playing career is over, do you enjoy your well-earned retirement, do you move abroad, or do you look for a job on the television analysing the sport you once ruled?
Well, he may still be playing, albeit he was knocked out of this year’s World Championship by China’s Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals, but we’ve had a little taster of what it will be like once Ronnie packs away his cue.
Eurosport UK’s Twitter page uploaded a video of Ronnie O’Sullivan giving his unique view of proceedings on the ‘fancy video wall' of the semi-final match between John Higgins and Barry Hawkins.
In typical fashion of the man, when introduced by host Colin Murray, he opened by saying: “How you doing, alright?”
It brought laughs from the host and his fellow pundits as Ronnie went straight into his analysis, picking out the best shots from the match.
Instead of using traditional phrases like ‘tucks the ball into the pocket,’ Ronnie opted to say, “He’s hit the red ball so well, you can actually see the middle pocket suck the red ball in.”
He repeated the phrase again just to confirm his thoughts.
When describing Barry Hawkins shot on the black, with a spinoff into the pack of nearby reds, he said, “the white ball takes an arc, and it just gets it into the meat of the red.”
And his brilliant turn of phrase was lapped up by Twitter users too.
One said: "Class Ronnie was good that.”
Another made light of it saying: “A born natural the next @GNev2 in the making,” in reference to Monday Night Football’s Gary Neville.
Which is ironic, as O'Sullivan then tweeted both Neville and Jamie Carragher about his performance.
It’s clear from watching the clip that Ronnie knows his stuff and gives his own unique spin on the sport, so it probably won’t be long after he has opted to retire that he will be a regular feature in the studio.
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