Ronnie O & # 39; Sullivan won six world titles in a record breaking crucible night along with childhood hero Steve Davis and ex-trainer Ray Reardon.
The rocket took its first Betfred World Championship crown in seven years with an emphatic 18-8 win over world number 8, Kyren Wilson.
This made him the oldest world champion since the Welsh legend Reardon won the cup in 1978 at the age of 45 years and 203 days.
Ronnie O & # 39; Sullivan won his sixth world title after beating Kyren Wilson
The rocket emphatically took its first Betfred World Cup crown in seven years
But the story didn't stop there as one player was instantly referred to as "the greatest" by Wilson and Barry Hearn. This was a 37th title win for O & # 39; Sullivan after 44 and 254 days, now clearly ahead of retired Scots Stephen Hendry.
It expands its own record to 20 Triple Crown wins, which include the UK Championship and Masters.
Almost the only other significant record he still misses is Hendry's seven world titles – and that is now within our grasp.
O & # 39; Sullivan received the biggest winner's check of his illustrious career, an impressive £ 500,000 for 17 working days.
Kissed and hugged by fiance and actress Laila Rouass, O & # 39; Sullivan said, “There was a part of me that didn't think I was going to win this again, I wasn't playing enough to justify winning a tournament this size .
O & # 39; Sullivan picked up the biggest winner's check of his career, a whopping £ 500,000
“It's an endurance test and I'm not an endurance snooker – I don't play snooker enough. But my thing is longevity.
Ray Reardon was the governor of his time, Steve Davis was the governor then, then Stephen Hendry, and then maybe me, John Higgins and Mark Williams.
“I had half a chance, although I never thought I would win it. Look, every world title is up there, it's great to win over 17 days. But Kyren’s time will come, he’s hungry.
“I am happy to be one of the greats. I was happy with one world title, two were great – but John Higgins has four, he's great, so four is the brand. & # 39;
Wilson, who pocketed a £ 200,000 runner-up check, said, “I'm 28 years old and I'm not going to beat myself up too much.
The 44-year-old reeled eight straight frames to record his first Crucible hit since 2013
& # 39; I play the best ever. It was a dream come true to play Ronnie in the final. You can't respect him too much or he'll pass over you – and that's exactly what happened today.
"But I have the two most important people in the world in my chair, my boys Finlay and Bailey, and that's what counts."
It was the end of an extraordinary World Cup that may never have happened. Only a great effort by the organizers saw the go-ahead from the government.
The crowd that was present on the first day before the doors closed was back for the showpiece after 14 days, and lucky 300 roared at their approval.
World Snooker Tour Chairman Barry Hearn, longtime manager and friend of Davis, said, “Ronnie is the best player who has ever held a cue.
& # 39; Hendry was a successful machine and more dedicated, and Steve was head and shoulders taller in his era. But my call to Ronnie is based on all-round skill and the evidence I have in front of me.
Wilson and O & # 39; Sullivan saw a test on day one before the winner took the lead
& # 39; Beating Stephen Hendry's record of ranked titles makes him the best player to ever hold a cue. And that's from a Davis fan and someone who thought Hendry was more of a winner than Davis. & # 39;
Davis said: "This win, his first world title in seven years, challenges Stephen Hendry's record of seven – and it must be said that Ronnie can now."
Wilson started with an upset stomach yesterday afternoon and was sick before the first picture.
He won that and & # 39; Disco Inferno & # 39; appeared by mistake. An irritated O & # 39; Sullivan asked, "You don't do this every frame, do you?"
O & # 39; Sullivan punished a number of mistakes and won the remaining seven frames of the third session. It only took him one frame in the evening and he soon completed a famous win.