The 45-year-old snooker legend received almost half (44%) of the total votes cast, shared between eight of the best of British sport.
Ronnie O’Sullivan – 44%
Marcus Rashford – 15%
Lewis Hamilton – 12%
Jonathan Rea – 9%
Judd Trump – 9%
Lucy Bronze – 5%
Tao Geoghegan Hart – 3%
Lizzie Deignan – 2%
Last August, O’Sullivan won the World Championship for the sixth time, beating Kyren Wilson 18-8 in the final. It was the latest highlight of an extraordinary career which has seen him win a record 37 ranking titles and 20 Triple Crown events.
In second place was footballer Marcus Rashford with 15% of the vote, followed by Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton with 12%.
Judd Trump came joint fourth with 9%, at the end of a year which has seen him win six ranking titles and build a massive lead at the top of the world rankings.
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