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Over-sized headphones: The best thing since sliced bread or just ridiculous?

What’s your take on the phenomenon?

WATCH ANY PROFESSIONAL sports person arrive at their event this weekend and you are likely to see them wearing a pair of dustbin lid-sized headphones.

Listening to the music in a bid to relax and focus their mind on the job at hand is common practice and used by many athletes – but the sheer enormity of their equipment seems to have got out of hand.

The widespread popularity of Beats by rap legend Dr Dre in recent years has helped the cause and while top level footballers are often seen walking from the team bus to the dressing room, it is a trend clearly visible in most sports – as the slideshow below shows.

Over-sized headphones: The best thing since sliced bread or just ridiculous?
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  • Rio Ferdinand

  • Isaac Sopoaga

  • Bjorn Helge Riise, Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey

  • Alasdair Stokosch and Sean Lamont

  • Thierry Henry

  • Michael Phelps

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Bradley Wiggins

  • Mardy Gilyard

  • LeBron James

  • Katie Bell

  • Wilfried Zaha

  • Paddy Wallace and Andrew Trimble

Have your say… what do you make of huge headphones?

Poll Results:

Not for me, Jeff (184)
I don't leave the house without mine (54)

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Ben Blake

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