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Dak Prescott ranks fourth on the 2021 Forbes list of highest-paid athletes across the world

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In some ways it feels like it happened forever ago, but it was only a few months in the rearview mirror that the Dallas Cowboys finally locked down quarterback Dak Prescott with a long-term deal. We re-visit this not to re-hash the debate about whether or not Prescott should have been paid. The facts are that he was, is, and will be by the Dallas Cowboys for the foreseeable future.

Obviously though Dak has a stature as the quarterback for America’s Team that leads to a level of profitability off of the football field as well. Endeavors like these are calculated by Forbes when they put together their annual highest-paid athletes rankings and what do you know, Dak Prescott ranks rather high.

Dak Prescott ranks fourth on the 2021 Forbes list of highest-paid athletes across the world

As much as we all love football it is, for the most part, a game primarily played in the United States of America. It does not have the same global appeal that sports like soccer, basketball, tennis, etc., do which is why NFL stars don’t populate this list as much as others.

Forbes released their 2021 ranking of the highest-paid athletes across the world and the Cowboys quarterback is number four overall.

2021 Forbes list of highest-paid athletes over the past year across the world

  1. Conor McGregor........................ $180M
  2. Lionel Messi............................... $130M
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo...................... $120M
  4. Dak Prescott.............................. $107.5M
  5. LeBron James............................ $96.5M
  6. Neymar...................................... $95M
  7. Roger Federer........................... $90M
  8. Lewis Hamilton......................... $82M
  9. Tom Brady................................. $76M
  10. Kevin Durant............................. $75M

Forbes broke down these earnings by on-the-field and off-the-field and Prescott had the highest value for the former with $97.5M. Last season’s franchise tag value obviously went a long way in helping him out in this capacity, but it was the signing bonus for his new contract ($66 million) that really bumped up his earning. His ranking on this list is likely to tumble in 2022 when the signing bonus will disappear.

In this same vein, Prescott had the lowest off-the-field value of the group with only $10M. That certainly contradicts the idea that the Cowboys quarterback has a level of endorsements that is worth taking less money as far as their contract is concerned.

Ultimately, it is pretty wild that Prescott is even on this list of 10 (let alone as high as he is) with so many players that have a far greater global reach given the sport that they play. The only other NFL presence is Tom Brady and he is, well, Tom Brady. Again, Prescott’s ranking should only be this high this year because of the massive contract he just signed.