Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'I’ve developed my own belief system'

October 12, 2022
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Ronnie O’Sullivan is a believer in a higher power of the baize (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan says that he ‘genuinely believe there’s a snooker god out there’ and he is being looked after by the higher power of the baize.

The Rocket regularly mentions the snooker gods and the influence these deities wield over his matches, but he now insists that they impact his life away from the table as well.

While the world champion acknowledges that it is an unusual ‘belief system’ to base his life around, the thought of the snooker god has helped him overcome trying times.

‘The newspapers have talked about me getting involved with all sorts of religions, but I’ve developed my own belief system based on the snooker gods,’ O’Sullivan told The Times.

‘I know people will laugh at that, but I genuinely believe there’s a snooker god out there who’s been looking after me. If I talk to anyone before I go to sleep, it’s him. He’s the one who convinced me that there really was a way out of the darkness.’

The world number one has often spoken of overcoming addiction earlier in his career, through entering rehab in 2000 and then focusing his life on healthier pursuits than alcohol and drugs, like running and cooking.

The 46-year-old has credited his family and renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, among others, for heling him overcome his issues, but also reckons the snooker gods have smiled down on him.

‘I have always believed in the snooker gods,’ he told the Daily Mail. ‘I am not a religious person, I am not a spiritual person – other than taking care of myself and my well-being – but I do believe in the snooker gods.

‘They don’t give me the answers all the time but they do always land something on my lap, or they do introduce me to a person who will do a good thing for me.

‘It’s then up to me if I make the most of that opportunity, that relationship, that coach, mind coach, whatever it might be.

‘I still have to do the work but I do believe I am being taken care of in that respect and that filters into every area of my life, whether that’s finding the running community, getting into cooking, finding new hobbies, which help me become better-suited to perform under pressure and help me enjoy my career more.’

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