Snooker: Bingtao breaks 'unwritten rule' during win
Luca Brecel’s success in the World Snooker Championship has increased his net worth to £4.5million following his 18-15 win over Mark Selby in the final on Sunday. The Belgian handed his opponent a chance in the final session but managed to fend off the rally of Selby in a fine display.
Brecel’s victory means that he becomes the first player from continental Europe to lift the trophy, and his success is made even more remarkable given that he had never won a match at the Crucible prior to the tournament.
The Belgian had stormed into a healthy lead in the opening sessions on Sunday, though his inexperience on the big stage started to show when creeping closer to victory on Monday evening. Brecel had an almighty 15-8 lead at one stage, though Selby managed to stir up some momentum for himself and headed into the evening session with a further two frames.
The 39-year-old then continued his good form by winning five of the next six frames before Brecel put the match to bed and landed himself the £500,000 prize pot.
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According to The Sun, Brecel headed into the Championship with a net worth of £5m, though his new-found funds will see his reputation and finances soar.
The ‘Belgian Bullet’ is known for his party boy lifestyle within the sport, though his success could allow the youngster to recognise how naturally gifted he is within the snooker – and why he was touted as one of the most exciting talents when breaking onto the scene.
Speaking after his win, Brecel said: “It’s amazing, I can’t see any more, I don’t know why. So tough, he’s (Selby) the worst opponent to have in a final, he just keeps coming back, he’s such a fighter. When it was 16-15, I didn’t fancy winning at all, I was missing balls by a mile but then I made a good break.
“Snooker is a difficult sport, in the first round I could have lost to Ricky Walden but I won 10-9 – small margins in snooker, it’s crazy. I really have the best team, best friends, best parents and best girlfriend in the world which makes me strong on the table. If you don’t have that team it’s difficult to play the best game. I won’t practice for a couple of weeks, months, just going to enjoy this – it’s been a crazy week, no practice just partying, it shouldn’t be legal!”
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