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Ronnie O’Sullivan has raked in around £13million during his trophy-laden snooker career despite his recent early exit from the World Championship. The Rocket has consistently been one of the top-performing players over the last two decades.
O’Sullivan was surprisingly dumped out of the World Championship by Belgian star Luca Brecel. The 47-year-old then hinted at a possible retirement by insisting he was ‘not that disappointed’ after his quarter-final exit.
But despite failing to win a record eighth World Championship, the Englishman was able to increase his career earnings. O’Sullivan remains the best-paid snooker star of his generation.
A quarter-finalist at the World Snooker Championships earns a basic amount of £30,000. It is believed that this has taken O’Sullivan’s career earnings to around £13m.
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Reports suggested that O’Sullivan has earned around £3m more than his rivals during his career. John Higgins, who also suffered a surprise early exit from the tournament last week, is believed to have earned £9.5m in prize money.
O’Sullivan made yet another hint that he could bow out of the sport after losing to finalist Brecel. He admitted that he had not become too down about not winning the World Championship and admitted that he has interests outside of snooker.
“I’m not really that disappointed,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport.
“I wish I was but you kind of get to the point where you’re like, ‘Why am I playing snooker?’ I love the lifestyle, I love my life, I love everything I do with snooker. I don’t just play snooker. Part of it is playing, I’ve accepted that to not get too down on myself. It’s just a snooker match at the end of the day.
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“I’ve probably lost here 24 times and won seven times so the law of averages say at some point you have to get beat. This year was the one time, I’m sure I’ll have another good performance at the Crucible, but who knows? We’ll just wait and see.
“I felt alright, I just thought I’d have to hang on and graft it out and see what happens, but I just didn’t put up any resistance. The chance I did have, I didn’t score heavy enough.
“Ran out of position a lot, chasing the game, the other guy’s playing well, putting you under pressure. Sometimes you just don’t win, it’s simple, the other guy plays better.”
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