STEPHEN HENDRY believes modern Snooker players of today are guilty of over celebrating their achievements, and not buckling down and getting on with winning the next tournament.

Hendry, who has won 36 ranking titles, told David Hendon on the snooker scene podcast that sportsmen in individual sports are guilty of partying too hard after winning.

On his own career, Hendry quipped: "I was just greedy. I wanted to win tournaments."

Hendry wanted to be Steve Davis

Sunday night after winning I would be in the club Monday morning practising."

The 47-year-old retired in 2012 and has made 11 career maximums and from an early age said he just wanted to pot balls and admitted his safety game let him down in some matches.

Hendry said he kept himself to himself and admitted that part of his downfall was making a few friends on the circuit and getting too close towards the end.

Iron-man Steve Davis of the 80s, believed in also keeping yourself to yourself and Hendry at the recent Champion of Champions event, told ITV sport that it was important in the game to create an element of mystique for your opponent.

Hendry added: "I had no interest in partying, I just wanted to win snooker tournaments. I just wanted to play snooker."

He said he couldn't believe that Mark Allen and Mark Selby were having a chat on the practice table before their Champion of Champions match and said he wouldn't have dreamed of doing that in any of his matches.

He really believed part of his downfall was getting too friendly with players.

Steve Davis once said in commentary on the BBC: You don't want to play your friends, you want to play your enemies."

Where does his future lie?

Hendry admired the top entertainers such as Jimmy White and Alex Higgins, but wanted to be Steve Davis and his mindset.

On his loss against Ken Doherty in the World Championship in 1997, he said he was devastated.

And against Peter Ebdon in 2002, Hendry believed he had already won.

He said: "I didn't believe Peter could beat me over four sessions."

Hendry ended : "For me, the enjoyment (of snooker) was winning."

He said from the modern generation of today players, Neil Robertson had a similar mindset of wanting to win the major tournaments in the UK, the Masters, UK and World Championships.

But he didn't believe his record of seven World titles would be broken - at the moment in the game.

He concluded that he would at some point play an event - but would not consider coming back full time to the sport.