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Eric Cantona may be recognised at Old Trafford as the catalyst for the modern-day Manchester United, for example, but everyone there knows in their heart that the whole thing would have been a flash in the pan were it not for Roy Keane.

Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with rugby realises that Jonny Wilkinson’s boot would have counted for little were he not pretty adept at putting his shoulder into the tackle. Don Bradman wouldn’t have had a Test average of nearly if he didn’t know when to play it with a straight bat now and then, Muhammad Ali didn’t step into the ring windmilling like it was closing time on a Friday night in Basingstoke, Michael Schumacher needed to apply the brakes as often as he pressed on the gas, and… well, you get the idea.

In snooker, however, judgement goes out of the window. Ask anyone who the greatest players in the history of the sport are, and more often than not you’ll get the following The usual caveat will of course be applied: Snooker players are judged in a very strange fashion, all potting, preening and backstory. Now, there’s no denying that the sport would be nothing without crowd-pleasers like the Rocket, the Whirlwind and, especially, the greatest pure talent the sport has ever seen, the Hurricane.

The three best entertainers, yes.

The three greatest rags-to-riches backstories with the possible exception of Cliff Thorburn’s real-life Paul Newman stylings? The three best players? Apart from this utterly preposterous Higgins effort — the greatest break in the history of tournament snooker, a masterclass in brinksmanship, one frame and down with two to play in a world semi-finalthe exception that proves the rule — most of these three entertainers’ whhite moments came away from the white heat of cutting-edge matchplay.

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While you can’t denigrate their outrageous ambidextrous cuemanship one bit, five-minute s in best-offrame first-round matches against Mick Price simply do not compare to the staunch efforts of the greatest player the sport has ever seen. A man who gets no credit for his efforts despite — or perhaps because of — a period of utter dominance never seen before and unlikely to be seen again.

Despite winning seven world titles, Stephen Hendry somehow gets little or no credit for his own, slightly subtler, brand of outrageous showmanship. His problem, of course, is that his upbringing was decidedly uninteresting, putting him instantly on the back foot with a public understandably more taken with stories of youthful hustling and carousing in smoky halls up and down the land.

He also has the demeamour of a Dickensian landlord, arriving at the front step, same time every week, in a stovepipe hat to take the rent from baby’s mouth. Sadly, this image of middle-class Presbyterian aloofness has obscured the fact that Hendry had a pair of balls the size of the Elgin Marbles.

When down in the world final against Jimmy White, and a red and colour away from losing frame 23, Hendry sank an almost impossible red down the right-hand rail to kick-start his title bid.

He cleared the table and won the frame, the first of ten in a row which landed him the crown. White was simply unable to respond. The world final saw Hendry clear up in the deciding frame after White choked a black from the spot.

He did this after playing the entire tournament with a broken left arm. White, incidentally, still gets pelters for bridling at the final hurdle here, but it’s worth remembering that he’d probably have got another chance to tidy up against any other player in the world.

Hendry completed the greatest comeback in the history of tournament snooker, after being jimmy down in the first-to-nine Masters final against Mike Hallett.

On Second Thoughts: Stephen Hendry

Check his expression, facing defeat at with Hallett in the balls, at 1min 38sec here: Hendry nixed potentially the greatest comeback in the history of tournament snooker, after being up but pegged back to in the first-to-nine Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge final by Ronnie O’Sullivan. He won the final frame — with a He ran in the greatest of allat the World Championship in Unlike Rocket Ronnie’s admittedly astounding and practically perfect first-round effort in against Price, this was in a semi-final against White when the outcome of the match was still in the balance.

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He also had to sink an incredibly difficult final black, one of the great pressure pots of all time. Essentially, during his glory years, Hendry took everything that was thrown at him, and flung it back with interest. Rarely has there been a British sporting superstar so talented, so determined — and so under-rated. There’s no denying that O’Sullivan has more pure talent, but then the game isn’t just about the spectacular, and unlike The Entertainers, Hendry had it all. When he needed to be, he was as outrageous a long potter as anyone to have ever played the sport — but then he rarely ran out of position, so had to take ludicrous thrashes at the ball less frequently.

Nobody, in order to keep the scoreboard ticking over, has ever found the middle pocket with such precision. And rarely, if ever, was Hendry fazed: Out-psyched by Graeme Dott, let’s just leave that hanging there.

It’s a shame that the two greatest players of all time, Hendry and O’Sullivan, never competed when both were on top of their game.

O’Sullivan hadn’t become the force he is now when he was beaten by Hendry in the world semi-final, while Hendry had long traversed the brow of the hill when O’Sullivan returned the favour by walloping him in the semis. Had they, though, and they were competing in a single frame to pay off your credit card, who would you have backed, relentless as O’Sullivan can be on his day? Snoker look at the evidence.

The size of the Elgin Marbles, they masterdlass.

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