World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed the inspiration and full background for THAT Chinese song which provided the musical backdrop for his walk-on against Rob Milkins, and that he will be using not only while he remains this year’s Masters but for the foreseeable future.
The Rocket, a four-time Masters winner, raised one or two eyebrows on Tuesday night by picking a Chinese anthem for his grand entrance
O’Sullivan has ditched Robbie Williams’ ‘Let Me Entertain You’ for the ditty, seen by millions as a a motivational tune – think M People’s ‘Proud’ and you wouldn’t be far off – and which means ‘A Man Should Better Himself’.
The theme from popular Hong Kong Fung Fu film ‘Once Upon a Time in China II’ was sung at various times by both Hollywood star Jackie Chan and George Lam.
And snooker’s ‘People’s Champion’ O’Sullivan claims he identifies with the hero of the movie, played by martial arts screen legend Jet Li, who is loved by the masses.
O’Sullivan said: “My Chinese mate Kenno was doing his shopping for his restaurants and in his car he said listen to this, played it to me and I thought it was great.
“He told me all about the background, Jet Li plays this hero Wong Fei-Hung – he fought everyone off who was trying to invade China with his martial art skills.
“He was the People’s Champion in the movie, which I liked. I have heard the music and loved it and I will be watching the film soon.
“It is a pretty big motivational song over there, and Ken said why not use it for your walk-on and I loved it. Robbie Williams is a nice song, but it is a bit cheesy.
“It is not a one-off, I am sticking with it for this tournament, and probably for ever.
“I have massive support in China and spend time there, I love the place, the culture and everything about it.”