The Englishman has triumphed on five occasions, but there have been several painful losses as well.
We all remember his famous victories in Sheffield, yet what about Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Crucible defeats down through the years?
The former world number one is arguably the greatest player that has ever picked up the cue, and he has a lot of the sport’s records to help prove it.
However, it has not always been straightforward for the “Rocket” in snooker’s spiritual home, which has entangled all the greats in its pressured web at one point or another.
Since his debut in 1993, O’Sullivan has lost 22 times at the Crucible to 16 different players, with at least one loss coming in each of the five different rounds.
Two players have managed to overcome the five-time champ on three occasions, while two others have enjoyed the thrill of knocking O’Sullivan out a couple of times.
Whether he’s the tournament favourite or not – although he usually is – Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Crucible defeats inevitably generate a huge amount of headlines.
In the 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship, O’Sullivan remains on course to avoid another loss and in doing so capture a sixth world title.
Not since 2014 had the 44 year-old managed to go beyond the quarter-final stage in Sheffield, but a 17-16 victory over Mark Selby on Friday sent O’Sullivan through to the final again this year.
He’ll be hoping to emulate his achievements from 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2013 when he went all the way and etched his name onto the trophy.
The question is, can you remember all of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Crucible defeats?
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