RONNIE O’SULLIVAN has never been someone who lived up to the expectations of a global sports star.
He refuses to speak his mind, even if it gets him in trouble, and even bought a canal boat – not the stereotypical purchase of a six-time world champion.
The legendary snooker star, who is nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, splurged on the luxury boat in 2018 but decided to sell the Morfe Lady Three just a year later.
Moored on the Regent’s Canal, which runs through north and east London, the 60ft barge was up for sale at £129,950 for those wanting to escape the capital’s hectic lifestyle.
And according to the Evening Standard, The Rocket didn’t even manage to spend a single night on board before re-launching it.
Inside the narrow boat is a spacious lounge area with an indoor fireplace, sofa, chair and area rugs.
In the modern kitchen, O’Sullivan, 47, could have made perfect use of the island, stovetops and double oven to prepare some of his favorite dishes and eat at the oval wooden table.
There is also a bedroom with a cozy double bed and an ensuite bathroom with tile floors, redwood vanities with granite countertops and a large designer sink.
O’Sullivan revealed his love for boats in 2018 and commissioned another ship, aptly named Double Kiss, in 2007.
Speaking to Eurosport, he said: “I lived on a boat in London about seven or eight years ago and loved it.
“I lived on it for about three or four months but couldn’t use it because I had to go back to work.
“I couldn’t sit in a hotel room, but I come in, have some fun, turn on the snooker, turn on the TV, invite some friends over.
“You don’t feel so cooped up. It’s nice to see water.”
NINE YEARS WASTED
A 17-year-old O’Sullivan broke onto the scene by winning the 1993 British Championship and then the 1995 Masters.
But he had to wait several years before he clinched a first world title in 2001 – on his ninth attempt.
There are well-documented points where he struggled with depression, alcohol and drug abuse.
Despite his numerous records, O’Sullivan feels he could have done better after wasting nine years of his career partying.
When asked by former Eurosport presenter Andy Goldstein in 2020 about his “biggest regret in snooker”, he replied: “Maybe between 1995 and 2000 when I felt I wasn’t properly devoting my time to snooker. Maybe I wasted some time there.
“And again, I think I didn’t win a ranked tournament for 32 months between 2005 and 2007. And again in 2009 to 2011.
“So I had maybe nine years out of a 27-year playing career where I wasn’t mentally ready.”
O’Sullivan added, “I partied quite a bit. The snooker season lasted from September to May and the World Champs was the last tournament of the year.
“When I’ve had a bad session, I figured the sooner it’s over, the sooner I can have some fun with my friends. When it came off, it was the most incredible feeling.
“If you win it once, it doesn’t matter if you don’t win it again because you have your name on the trophy.
“The monkey on your back is huge, it allows you to walk and play, and then it’s just a matter of collecting as many titles as possible.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/708781/snooker-ronnie-osullivan-canal-boat/ Inside Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Morfe Lady Three canal boat home with luxurious TV and even a dining room – The US Sun