Away from the comments and the controversies, the travails and the tweets, what really matters about Ronnie O’Sullivan is this: when he plays his best he is the most awesome sight in snooker.
He proved this again in Fuerth tonight by making the 11th competitive maximum break of his career in reaching the last 16 of the Paul Hunter Classic.
This 147 included a brilliant shot on the last red to get round the table for the 15th black. It was sublimely skilful; it was Ronnie at his audacious best.
He beat Adam Duffy 4-0 after a great day at the office and is now back in front, 11-10 over Stephen Hendry in career maximum breaks.
It left a large crowd in Germany delighted and looking forward to O’Sullivan’s return to action on Sunday.
And with John Higgins surprisingly beaten 4-3 by Li Yan, O’Sullivan must surely now be favourite for the title.
Mark Selby, though, knows how to get him under pressure and will do all he can to frustrate O’Sullivan if they meet in two days time.
However, what we’ve been reminded of tonight is that talent and flair is what brings the crowds coming back for more.
Everyone would like to play snooker like Ronnie O’Sullivan. Very few can.
He has produced yet another moment to remember.