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Michael Owen"s Movember compared with best moustaches in sport

Hogan, Hughes, Souness… Owen! Stoke striker shows off spectacular Movember effort

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19:46 GMT, 9 November 2012

Real men can grow a moustache. From Hulk Hogan to the suave and sophisticated Tom Selleck, a thick wedge of hair above a man's top lip is a sign of power, though probably not style.

And now 'Movember' gives the rest of us a chance to try it for one month only. If we look ridiculous, so what Charity is the winner.

So step forward Michael Owen, the Stoke City striker who's managed to become the envy of wispy facial-haired men everywhere with a spectacular ode to the probably never fashionable 'handlebar' moustache.

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

Handle it: Michael Owen showed off his brilliant Movember effort on Twitter

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and a number of celebs have jumped on board. Even Theo Walcott's giving it a go this year.

Owen's fantashtic effort puts him among some illustrious sporting company, including cricketer Merv Hughes, Olympic legend Mark Spitz, and Liverpool great Graeme Souness.

So here, Sportsmail pays tribute to the 'real men' of the sporting world… and Joey Barton.

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Known for it: Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer was famous for his tash

Trend setter: David Beckham

Trend setter: David Beckham

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Making his Mark: Lawrenson

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Model moustache: Graeme Souness followed the trend of the 80s with his

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

A Ok: Rollie Fingers gave his a continental twirl for added style

But not all who try can pull it off, can they Joey

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

Wispy: Joey Barton did his bit for the Movember charity last year

The best moustaches in sport

The Saturday debate: Which sportsman has sported the best moustache

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UPDATED:

23:51 GMT, 2 November 2012

To celebrate Movember, the moustache-growing charity event, Sportsmail asked: who has the best tache in sport

Mike Dickson: Tennis Correspondent

Rollie Fingers was the baseball relief pitcher with a great name and a moustache to match. While playing for the Oakland Athletics in the 70s, the future Hall of Famer cultivated a classic handlebar number in order to win a $300 bonus offered by owner Charles O. Finley to whichever player could grow the best. So many players tried that they became known as the Moustache Gang. Fingers kept it his whole career.

A head-turner: Rollie Fingers

A head-turner: Rollie Fingers

Dominic King

Graeme Souness. Not only was Souness a formidable midfielder, he was once the owner of the best moustache in Liverpool’s history. While a mere puff of wind would blow the bum fluff off Gary Neville’s chin, a hurricane wouldn’t have budged the undergrowth above Souness’s lip. Provided the perfect partner for his curly perm. Unbeatable.

Model moustache: Graeme Souness in his pomp

Model moustache: Graeme Souness in his pomp

John Edwards

This is a tough one between Australia’s cricketing legends Merv Hughes and David Boon. Both fearsome sights, but, applying Aussie rules, necking 52 tinnies (cans of lager, to the uninitiated) on a flight from Sydney to London in 1989 just tilts this battle Boon’s way. Good call.

I am the walrus: David Boon

I am the walrus: David Boon

Joanna Rowsell: Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist and Sportsmail columnist

In cycling, there is only one answer — America’s David Zabriskie. It’s not only a fantastically big moustache, he has a goatee beard underneath to match. Not good for aerodynamics but he certainly pulls it off in the style stakes!

Aerodynamic asset David Zabriskie

Aerodynamic asset David Zabriskie

Chris Foy: Rugby Correspondent

Merv Hughes. It has to be Big Merv, by a landslide. As a fixture of an Australian team with an abundance of facial hair, he was head, shoulders and top lip above the rest. Captain Allan Border couldn’t compete, while David Boon was good, but not good enough for me. Do an internet image search for Hughes and the first predicted phrase is ‘Merv Hughes moustache’. Case closed.

Costly: Merv Hughes insured his moustache during his playing days

Costly: Merv Hughes insured his moustache during his playing days

Andrew Magee

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Mark Spitz has this in the bag. When he turned up to the Olympic pool sporting his fine facial hair, every other swimmer was shaving theirs to save precious milliseconds. The American told a Russian coach it helped deflect water from his face and made him swim faster. The following year, every Russian male swimmer had a moustache.

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Iconic: Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at Munich

Ian Ladyman: Northern Football correspondent

Johnson Wagner. It’s one thing trying to look like a porn star and another modelling yourself on Tom Selleck. But a combination of both That’s the look that the US golfer has been rocking this year on tour. And, frankly, he looks absurd.

Not a winning look: Johnson Wagner

Not a winning look: Johnson Wagner