Hogan, Hughes, Souness… Owen! Stoke striker shows off spectacular Movember effort
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
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
Trend setter: David Beckham
Making his Mark: Lawrenson
Legend: Hulk Hogan had one of the most famous moustaches in showbiz
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
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