Ronnie O’Sullivan says it is hard to argue his status as the greatest snooker player of all time as he bids for a sixth Betfred World Championship.

O’Sullivan recently reached an unprecedented 1000 centuries during his Players Championship final victory over Neil Robertson.

It is one of a number of records the Rocket has broken in his career, with that tournament also equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of 36 ranking titles.

The only one missing from his CV is matching Hendry’s record for World Championships, with the Scotsman two ahead of him on seven.

O’Sullivan’s temperament and ambivalent relationship with the sport has cost him in the past but he now appears to be in a better position than ever to win more titles.

The 43-year-old will aim for his sixth title in Sheffield when the World Championship gets underway on April 20 and O’Sullivan admits it is not out of the question to describe him as the best of all time (O’Sullivan to win World Championship 9/4).

“It’s hard to argue against that in many ways, my record speaks for itself,” he said. “I have every record barring the seven world titles.

“I think the thing for me is that I’ve done it in an aggressive, attacking and flamboyant way if you like, and to get results playing that style is never easy.

“If I’m not playing well and clearing up in one visit and dominating the table, their confidence grows and find that’s the best way to beat me.

“Every season there seems to be someone that’s playing well, but I seem to have always been there. It’s Mark Selby, then Neil Robertson, Judd Trump then John Higgins, Mark Williams but I always seem to be always there, so I’m happy I’ve always been able to have consistency at the highest level.”

O’Sullivan’s closest rival for the World Championship may be Judd Trump, who beat him in the final of the Masters in January and Betfred are offering Evens on either of those two to win at The Crucible.

Odds subject to change