Ronnie O’Sullivan looks different in throwback to 2004 win

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Snooker icon Ronnie O'Sullivan, 46, became the oldest World Snooker Champion ever on Monday evening as he tied Stephen Hendry's record.

O'Sullivan survived a spirited display from Judd Trump to win 18-13 at the Crucible on Monday evening. But the Rocket looks unrecognisable from when he won his 2nd triumph in 2004 - three years after he stood on top of the world for the first time.

Nowadays, O'Sullivan is a family man, and he immediately embraced his family after completing his record-equalling feat. However, O'Sullivan's life was quite different when he bested Scotsman Graeme Dott 18-8 at the Crucible.

Presumably serving as Jack Grealish's inspiration, the Rocket donned a headband to keep back his luscious locks.

However, unlike Grealish, O'Sullivan had let his hair grow out all over, not just the top, and he dismantled Dott frame by frame. Long hair wasn't uncommon in Snooker at the time, and it was most famously donned by the 'Beckham of the Bazie' Paul Hunter.

The pair squared off the in the 2004 Master final in what would have been a salon owner's dream.

What do you prefer, O'Sullivan with long or short hair? Let us know in the comments section

Ronnie O'Sullivan holds the trophy after winning the Embassy World Snooker Final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Graeme Dott at the Crucible Theatre on May 3, 2004 in Sheffield, England.
O'Sullivan looks unrecognisable from his 2004 win

After the win, O'Sullivan said: "We can share it for a year. I tried to be as relaxed as I could, but that is probably the greatest result I've had against somebody like Judd [Trump].

"I've never bothered about records. When you get them, it's kind of nice. I don't have targets. I've loved every tournament this year, I've just loved playing.

"I like to win, but it's not the be-all and end-all. The Crucible brings out the worst in me. It's probably not the best idea but we'll probably go again next year."

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