GARETH BALE became the leading British goalscorer in La Liga history as Real Madrid thumped Sevilla 4-0 at the Bernabeu.
After twice hitting the woodwork and having another effort wrongly disallowed for offside, the Welshman finally got on the scoresheet to overtake former Barcelona star Gary Lineker’s tally.
The Daily Mirror reports: “Bale netted for the 43rd time in a Real Madrid league game, taking just 75 appearances to beat Lineker’s 27-year-old record.
“Bale passed John Aldridge’s mark of 33 earlier this season, but has recently spent six weeks on the sidelines after re-injuring his calf.”
It’s a fantastic achievement and with potentially many more goals to come, it’s a record that may not be beaten.
Full credit to Bale as life in Spain has not always been easy for the Wales star since his world record £85milllion move from Tottenham in 2013, with injuries and constant speculation about a possible return to the Premier League never far away.
He’s often found himself the scapegoat when Madrid hit a rough patch and has not always been appreciated by the club’s hugely demanding fans.
But after his superb display against Sevilla, Bale was substituted to a standing ovation and with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the Bernabeu in some doubt, Bale’s stocks look set to rise even higher.
Is Bale now more important to Real Madrid than Cristiano Ronaldo?