Maguire hails Hendry
Stephen Maguire believes Stephen Hendry is Scotland's greatest ever sportsman in the wake of his retirement from snooker.
Last Updated: 02/05/12 1:12pm
Stephen Maguire believes Stephen Hendry is Scotland's greatest ever sportsman in the wake of his retirement after bowing out of the World Championship.
The 43-year-old called time on his illustrious career after a 13-2 quarter-final exit to Maguire in Sheffield, leading to a flood of tributes for the seven-time world champion.
Maguire was given a helping hand into the professional ranks when he practised with Hendry as a teenager and was surprised when Hendry announced his decision within minutes of losing.
With 36 ranking titles, six Masters triumphs, and 775 career centuries, Hendry ranks as snooker's most successful player of the modern era.
Bit of class
When asked if Hendry was second to none among Scotland's sporting legends, Maguire replied: "You would think so.
"Obviously there's a couple of football players who would think something different but I'm not a football fan so I would say yes.
"He's done everything in the game and he's done it with a bit of class."
Maguire pinpointed another Scottish player, John Higgins, who has won four times in Sheffield, as the only player in the game who might challenge Hendry's mark of seven world titles.
"I think the only one that can do it is John," he continued. "He's got four and John's got plenty of years left. He's the only one really I can see who can match it."