Now that midfield nutcase Joey Barton has shaved off his fetching WW- fighter-pilot-style ‘tache, it would appear that top lip attire has been consigned to the annals of footballing history. But it wasn’t always thus, as these proudly moustachioed footballers prove:
You didn’t have to have a comedy Scouser ‘tache to play for Liverpool in the mid-80s... but it certainly helped.
Fair play to Chris, who’s still persevering with his Kid Creole pencil ‘tache long after moustache traitors like Lawrenson have renounced the lip fuzz.
Ah yes, the classic ‘let Ronaldinho’s speculative free kick sail over your head’ look.
A prime example of the psycho-‘tache, later copied to fine effect by Begbie from Trainspotting.
He might have looked a right pillock when gifting the ball to Roger Milla in the 1990 World Cup, but at his least his upper lip was dignified.
One of the greatest footballers ever, and one of the greatest ‘taches ever to boot. Part Pablo Escobar, part Freddie Mercury.
There was a period in the late ‘80s when all German males looked like this.
With this incredible ‘tache and dreadlock combo, Hullit brought a touch of reggae to Euro ’88.
Now we only remember him for that cyncial handball against Ireland but if he’d kept this cheeky early-career effort it could have all been so different.
England’s first black international also boasted one of football’s most decorated top lips.