Ronnie O’Sullivan gave an emotional interview following a powerful moment with Judd Trump after winning his seventh World Championship title on Monday night.
The 46-year-old became the oldest world champion in Crucible history with an 18-13 victory over Trump.
O’Sullivan, who equals Stephen Hendry’s record in the modern era, claimed the £500,000 top prize and shared a beautiful moment with his fellow finalist immediately afterwards.
Trump applauded his opponent and the pair shared a long hug while exchanging some kind words.
“I was so emotional,” O’Sullivan admitted during a powerful interview with Eurosport. “To finally get over the line, I just thought it would never happen.
“I gave him a big hug and I was just sobbing in his arms. And he said such lovely words.
shout out to the camera operator who started filming the hug between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump, not realising how long it was going to go on for and then just hovered around them like a fly zooming in and out <3 #BBCSnooker pic.twitter.com/867YvlPLCL— Ariadne 🦋 (@Ariadne_Reviews) May 2, 2022
“What he said to me blew me away to be honest. It just blew me away. I love Judd. I love him, he’s a great lad, and I didn’t realise what he thought of me until then.
“Different respect there, you know. I didn’t realise how he sees me and how I’ve been part of his development.
“It’s great for snooker that we’ve got someone like Judd, playing the way he plays. There’s a couple more coming through [Zhao] Xintong, it’s going to be brilliant.
“That’s my best result ever I think.”
Asked if it was the nicest moment he’d experienced in the Crucible, a visibly emotional O’Sullivan said: “Without a doubt. What he said, Judd, just done me in! Honestly.”
Video: Ronnie O’Sullivan’s emotional interview
Watch the interview here:
"What he said blew me away." ❤️— Eurosport (@eurosport) May 2, 2022
A tearful Ronnie O'Sullivan explains why his hug with Judd Trump was such an emotional moment.#ilovesnooker | @WeAreWST | @ronnieo147 | @judd147t pic.twitter.com/Dml2Kdu7MA
Wow. It’s very rare to see The Rocket like that in interviews.
As the interviewer said: “This is a side to you that we seldom get to see because we know that you’re an entertainer on the baize but actually it means everything.”
O’Sullivan replied: “It’s just what Judd said there, you know.”