This is never-before-seen footage of Ronnie O’Sullivan sobbing uncontrollably as he becomes snooker’s biggest star.
Shortly after winning a record-breaking seventh World Championship, the magnitude of his success suddenly hit him hard.
It was during the closing credits of Eurosport’s coverage, but not during live TV coverage, when he slumped in his chair, tears filling his glassy eyes.
After 17 grueling, emotional days in Sheffield that ended in a 18-13 final win over Judd Trump, The Rocket was a broken man.
But with his family backstage and Crucible cutlery in hand, he couldn’t hold back the emotions he’d bottled any longer.
The poignant images will be aired for the first time in a Discovery+ documentary, which will air Saturday night.
Jimmy White and Alan McManus tried their best to comfort the world No. 1 and the production crew began to applaud.
But as he left the studio he joked he was too weak to carry the World Cup because he lacked the energy.
Titled Seventh Heaven, the two-hour film chronicles his amazing career on the green belt, focusing on the seven times he reached the pinnacle of his sport.
So many times has he tried to downplay his accomplishments or say he doesn’t care – but this new document shows it really matters.
O’Sullivan said, “I’ve had a career far beyond what I thought possible.
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“I think my love of the sport and love of the game got me through most of the time.
“Even in situations where life might not have been great, snooker was always something I could go to.
“What changed for me is that one day my buddy sat down and put on a video of Michael Jordan.
“I saw how hard he worked at his sport, how he devoted his life to it.
“I thought, ‘Maybe I should try to make some of this myself?'”
One of the biggest figures in his life was Ray Reardon, the six-time world snooker champion who was in his corner for his second success in 2004.
The Welshman, who turned 90 this month, delighted O’Sullivan by recording a special message for the one-off show.
Reardon said: “Working with Ronnie has given me another 10 years in my life. And I’m one of the best players ever.
“Ronnie was amazing. I had never seen anything like it. I loved it, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
“He was born to be a snooker king – and he is in his rightful place. He’s the greatest of all time.”
Seventh Heaven starts Saturday October 15th at 8pm on Eurosport 1 and Discovery+. Also available for all catch-up and VOD services.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6447843/ronnie-osullivan-tears-world-championship-win/ Emotional moment Ronnie O’Sullivan bursts into tears after winning the World Cup and is “too weak to carry the trophy”.