Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham Answers Challenge From Snooker Legend Ronnie O’Sullivan

Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham Answers Challenge From Snooker Legend Ronnie O’Sullivan

Byron Pillay
updated at December 8, 2023 at 1:51 PM
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  • Jude Bellingham grew up in the market town of Stourbridge and is now one of the biggest stars in the world
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan is one of the most successful snooker players of all time and also hails from Stourbridge
  • Bellingham was recently challenged to a game of snooker by O'Sullivan after an interaction on social media

The worlds of snooker and football could soon collide.

Two of the world's biggest sporting stars could meet after a challenge no one saw coming.

Jude Bellingham and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Jude Bellingham has answered Ronnie O'Sullivan's challenge to a game of snooker. Image: Mike Hewitt/ George Wood.
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Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan issued a challenge to Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham after the player tagged O’Sullivan on social media.

How did the challenge come about?

The unusual interaction between the pair kicked off when the former Borussia Dortmund star posted a photo of himself holding a snooker cue on his Instagram story.

He captioned it "Watches half an hour of the @ronnie doc."

O’Sullivan, who is one of the most successful snooker players of all time, reposted the image and asked Bellingham to let him know if he would fancy a game, SportBible reported.

While the Los Blancos star didn’t say yes, he replied with a smiling and handshake emojis.

Both men come from Stourbridge

The matchup is more intriguing for many because both men come from the same area.

O’Sullivan and Bellingham hail from Stourbridge, and many have dubbed their potential matchup the Stourbridge Skirmish.

Stourbridge is a town in the West Midlands, England. It is just under an hour away from Birmingham by car, the place where Bellingham played his football before being signed by Borussia Dortmund.

Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s impressive record

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Jude Bellingham convincingly won the 2023 Golden Boy award, beating close competitors like Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala, RB Leipzig's Xavi Simons and Benfica's Antonio Silva.

The Real Madrid star took home the award with 97% of the vote, equalling Kylian Mbappe's record for the highest percentage of the votes received.

Bellingham got 97% of the vote, but more people voted for him than Mbappe. The report claims of the 50 journalists who voted, 45 voted for Bellingham as the winner.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.