At least Brandi Chastain has a sense of humor about it.
The two-time World Cup soccer champion was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, and the bronze plaque they presented to her looked a little um … different to what Chastain, 49, usually looks like.
“It’s not the most flattering,” Chastain said. “But it’s nice.”
However, Twitter didn’t let the artist off the hook so easily, comparing the plaque’s image to that of Gary Busey, Mickey Rooney, Babe Ruth, Nathan Lane, a “stoned” Jimmy Carter and New England Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick.
The portrait is reminiscent of the much-mocked bronze bust of soccer star Christiano Ronaldo that was unveiled at an airport in Portugal in 2017, as well as the upstate New York statue of Lucille Ball that was dubbed “Scary Lucy.”
Brandi Chastain’s plaque looks like someone tried to imagine Babe Ruth doing the @chrissyteigen face. pic.twitter.com/KujRc44KQH
— 10¢B (@TenCentBeers) May 22, 2018
I don’t know about Brandi Chastain, but they nailed Mickey Rooney. pic.twitter.com/wfSb7irMbx
— Jason Davis, The Maker (@davisjsn) May 22, 2018
Only logical explanation is that someone changed “Brandi Chastain” in the work order to “Busey, Gary.” https://t.co/yJx3Hmfb5Q
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 22, 2018
“Who do you see in the Brandi Chastain plaque?” is wayyy more entertaining than Yanny/Laurel
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 22, 2018
If you’ve ever wondered what Bill Belichick smiling up from a sewer grate would look like, look no further than the Hall of Fame plaque of Brandi Chastain: https://t.co/qowKsEoHEq pic.twitter.com/ofUXNvDo5a
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) May 22, 2018
Both Ronaldo and Ball’s bronze statues have since been replaced with much closer likenesses — stay tuned to see if Chastain’s will also get a cuter makeover.