• Ronnie O'Sullivan revealed he's 'preparing for death' by selling his trophies
  • The Rocket revealed he does not keep silverware, saying he's 'not bothered'
  • O'Sullivan beat Luca Brecel 11-9 in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday

Ronnie O'Sullivan said he's 'preparing for death' by selling his trophies as he admitted he's 'not bothered' about silverware.

O'Sullivan will give away his Shanghai Masters trophy after beating Luca Brecel 11-9 in the final, revealing that he never keeps the gong. 

'I'm giving the trophy to my friend who is opening a club here in China,' he revealed after the match. 'I'm not really bothered about trophies. 

'I always give them away. My mate Paul's got one, I gave one to a kid in the crowd.

'I don't want any memorabilia left by the time I'm 70 or 80. I'm preparing for death – part of that is I don't want snooker stuff – it's all going.' 

O'Sullivan came back from 4-3 down to beat the Belgian, and lift the title for the fourth straight year, as the World Snooker Tour returned to mainland China

The Rocket saw off the challenge of Brecel despite a rally late in the tie, with the World No 1 pulling off breaks of 143 and 120 to put himself in a strong position against the player ranked one spot below him

However, despite a memorable match victory for the 47-year-old - his 18th in a row in Shanghai - he admitted that he would be parting with his latest piece of silverware sooner than many might expect.

O'Sullivan wrote on his Instagram profile: 'Wow, what a few days!! To win my fifth Shanghai Masters is something I'm really proud of. And to have won playing such a talented player in Luca, means a lot. Thank you to all fans and everyone out here for your support, it doesn't go unnoticed.' 

Last summer O'Sullivan revealed he wished he didn't win the World Snooker Championship.

O'Sullivan told The Climb Podcast that the attention that comes from his success, is like a 'nightmare' that has come to reality.

In a startling admission, he said: 'After looking back on it, I actually wish I hadn't have won it.

'The question I get asked more now than anything is, "do you still play snooker?" I want to say to them, no. 

'I want to say I've retired, I do little bits and pieces, it's great and I slip under the radar. 

'All of a sudden when I've won this, I've got 600 messages on my phone, everyone's saying well done and asking when I'm going for the eighth.

'It's like my worst nightmare come true again.'

As arguably the greatest to ever play the game, O'Sullivan has now gone seven years since his last defeat in Shanghai, a shock loss to Michael Holt, with an enforced break following the Covid pandemic. 

O'Sullivan's fourth title in a row was in fact his fifth in total, having claimed the gong in 2009, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2023. 

His claims that he hopes not to have any memorabilia from his glittering career by the time he passes away, which could leave him with plenty of work to do given his unprecedented success in snooker. 

In addition to his four Shanghai Masters titles, O'Sullivan has won 39 ranking tournaments, including seven World Championships, seven UK Championships and seven Masters. 

Despite being one of the greatest to lift a cue, O'Sullivan has also been openly critical of snooker throughout his career. 

Earlier this year he called for an increase in clashes between the top 'eight or 16' players in order to improve the 'content' of snooker, rather than see top-ranked players take on outsiders. 

But victory in China was revenge for the Belgian's stunning win over him in the World Championship quarter-finals in April, when Brecel went on to lift a maiden title at the Crucible after reeling off seven frame wins in a row to win 13-10 - denying the Rocket a record eighth crown.

'It was one of those tournaments. I was well below par, but I played alright when I had to,' he said after Sunday's win.

'I'm not surprised Luca has done as well as he has. He's not a surprise world champion. He's got an amazing gift to play this game.'

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