Snooker is one of the cool, skillful and entertainment sports. Most of them feel like snooker is an easy game to play, but reality is that it requires great skills, accurate analytical ability and cool strategy. Professional players require proper shot selection ability. One poor shot can either make the game or break the game. There may be less number of people watching snooker games, but the people who understands and watches the game are always enthusiastic about each match and each shot.
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Top 10 Best Snooker Players in The World
10 Judd Trump
Judd Trump is from Bristol player, who is a professional snooker player. He had made great success in his initial period of his career. Trump was a champion in English Under-13 and Under-15. At just the age of 14 he had reached semifinal in World Under-21 Championship. Trump had won 4th ranking at Australian Goldfields Open in 2014, when he defeated Neil Robertson with 9–5. He had even won World Grand Prix in 2015, when he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan in final. By beating James Wattana with 10-5 in 2007, trump was successful in becoming youngest player to qualify for World Championship.
By winning the Championship League held in 2009, Trump was successful in getting into Premier League. He was successful in obtaining the second position in the league table by winning with Ronnie O’Sullivan with 4-2 points. Judd Trump is a nice player, though he may not be a great player but his game are worth watching. He has even won in the champions match for several occasions.
9 Ricky Walden
Ricky Walden is a professional snooker player, who is from chester. It took around eight years for Walden to win first ranking in Shanghai Masters. He has won many tournaments like Wuxi Classic and International Championship. He has also been in ranking for the long time. He has also reached in the higher stages of World Snooker Championship. Walden’s birth is from Chester. He had actively participated in the scheme for the young players to develop their playing skills. He was a champion in World Championship for Under -21 in 2001.
Walden’s professional career started in 1999 by playing in UK tour. He entered Main Tour after playing in Challenge Tour in 2001. In 2004-2005, his ranking increased to a considerable extent, jumping from 78 to 30 place. Further he successfully managed to reach Grand Prix, UK Championship and Quarter-Final in the China Open. He enjoys to travel and like to spend time with his friends. He had even enthusiastically taken part in the in New York Marathon in long distance running. Ricky Walden’s play is really awesome, snooker lovers have appreciated his cool mind while playing the game.
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8 Barry Hawkins
Barry Hawkins is a professional snooker player who was born in Ditton in Kent. Earlier he was working as an office clerk. Hawkins is a left handed player, for handling better he can switch to right. With this he can aim better as he is strong with right eye. In 1996, he became professional, and after that he had a very successful path. He had reached to UK Championship in 2004, then reached up to quarter finals of British Open and reached till semi-finals in Welsh Open which were held in 2005. In 2012, he had also got first rank title after winning Australian Goldfields Open.
He had even reached, till semi-finals of Welsh Open and Grand Prix. He had managed to reach for the World Championship in 2005. This helped him to get into the higher rankings considerably. For the second time in 2014, Hawkins have successful to win the Players Championship which was held in Preston. Barry Hawkins is indeed a prestigious name in the snooker world.
7 Shaun Murphy
Shaun Murphy is a professional snooker player who was born in Harlow, UK. Steve Prest was his coach, he also receive guidance from Ray Reardon and Willie Thorne. In 1998, he became professional player. He had nice victory in the World Championship which had stunned everybody. He had tremendous victories in other tournaments like Malta Cup, UK Championship, etc. . Murphy has won the prize of £2 million in his professional career. For the long time he was also holding number three in the world.
Murphy is having one of the best actions while playing the game. He is known for his straight cue action. He is also well known for break building and long potting. Murphy has received nice appreciation from former players for his style and action.
6 Joe Davis
Joe Davis is a professional snooker player who was born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England. Joe Davis had won the Chesterfield Championship at the small age of 13 and became professional player at 18. In 1926, he managed to enter the final at World Professional Championship, but could not win the final. He reached for the final for second time but could not win. Finally, he won for the third time and was World Champion. He was the champion for the next two years.
The world championship was not held for five years due to World War II. The game was resumed in 1946, Davis was successful in winning and was successful to be world champion for next 20 years. Thereafter, he was the world champion till he retired from playing. Joe Davis was really a great player as he was undisputed world champion for long time. Joe Davis was really consistent in his game. His game is really difficult to forget.
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5 John Higgins
John Higgins is a professional snooker player who was born in Wishaw, Scotland. In 1992, John Higgins became professional player. He is considered to be the most successful player as he had won World Championship for four times, 28 times he had ranking titles, UK Championship was won for three times and Master titles he had won for four times. At age 19, John Higgins had won with first ranking in the Grand Prix tournament. He was successful in winning ranking titles in British Open and International Open. He had made tremendous success in world ranking by jumping from 51 to 11. Further he was even successful when he ranked 2nd in the whole world.
In 2008, he was selected for MBE for New Year Honours. Higgins also appeared on BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind in January 2010 and answered brilliantly on a particular subject Dallas. At that time he was the single-ball potter. He was very dedicated player who had a good fan following.
4 Neil Robertson
Neil Robertson is a professional snooker player who was born in Melbourne, Australia. He is a left-handed. At the age of 14, Robertson started his career and he became professional player in 1998. He managed to reach third qualifying in World Championship held in 1999 when he was just 17 years old.
In 2010, he had won World Championship and immediately after that he was at number one in the world ranking. In the televised finals he remained undefeated for the first six time. He is one of the players who has won world title, UK title, World Championship, UK championship and Masters
Robertson is known for his best overseas performance. Neil Robertson loves eating vegan food and also like if his clothes and snooker shoes are Vegan. He loves listening music like Metallic, Timbaland and Guns & Roses. He was earlier interested in graphic design. He like to play online games. He is considered to be one of the top class player.
3 Steve Davis
Steve Davis is a professional snooker player who was born in London, England. He was a champion player in the whole decade, for six times he has won World Championship, for seen continuous year he was at number one in the world. Davis had earlier lost Alex Higgins, after that his career went to a great height in 1980 World Championship when he defeated former champion Terry Griffiths and reached to quarter-finals. In 1994 and 2004, has played in pool tournament with Team Europe. In the televised tournaments he has reached to the last round. He even participated in the poker events. He has even written books on snooker and also on cookbooks. He had even appeared in different TV shows. In 1988 he was an MBE and in 2001 he was an OBE.
He is considered as the finest player in the world. He has very good relation with public, as he had huge fan who like to see his game. Currently Davis is a BBC’s commentator for snooker and has also been a television analyst. Steve Davis was simply the best in the 1980’s. His game was never missed by snooker lovers.
2 Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham is a professional snooker player who was born in Essex, England. In 2011, he won the first ranking title at Australian Goldfields Open. Later he won Shanghai Masters in 2014. He is the only player to win the world title at both professional level and amateur. He had reached till final in 2012 Wuxi Classic and 2013 Welsh Open. In 2012 Premium League and 2015 Championship League had won. He has the highest number of breaks record. He was successful in reaching the quarter final of Welsh Open in 1999. He even defeated John Higgins who was champion in those days. In 2002, he defeated Nigel Bond and qualified for the tournament.
Bingham was also a golf player, but he concentrated mainly on the snooker game. He even lost the performance in the game for short period but was successful in gaining form and become champion. There many fans who just love to see the game of Stuart Bingham. He is indeed a great player.
1 Ronnie O Sullivan
Ronnie O Sullivan is a professional snooker player who was born in West Midlands, England. At the age 10 he made his first century break and at age 15 he made his first maximum break. He is nicknamed as “The Rocket”, as his playing style is very fast. His path of success started in 1993, at age 17, when he won UK Championship. This win made the unbreakable record of being a youngest player who won the professional ranking. Ronnie he is known for his best break builder. In professional competition he made the record of maximum breaks.
In the snooker game, Ronnie O Sullivan is considered to be the most popular and successful player of all time. Former snooker players like Neal Foulds openly agrees that Ronnie is greatest snooker player of all time. Ronnie is well known for his shot selection. Shot selection is one of the important factors in snooker. He is even more precise and perfect in his shots, that is why he is also called as a perfectionist. Ronnie O Sullivan is having a big fan following all across the world. He remains one of the best players.
The above ranking is based on the performance in various tournaments and their respective rankings in the world.