Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has broken David Beckham’s record in the La Liga. The former Tottenham forward now holds the record of most appearances in the Spanish top flight by a British player. Up until yesterday night, soccer legend Beckham held the record but Bale’s start against Espanyol changed that order.

The Welsh star was named by Coach Zinedine Zidane in the team that lost in a shock 1-0 loss. Bale broke the British record, marking his 117th La Liga game and was close to celebrating the milestone with a goal, only to hit the woodwork.

Unlike the midfield star Beckham, Bale has scored 61 goals and has 39 assists. Despite being slowed down by injuries in the last one to two years at the Bernabeu, the player seems focused on trying to reclaim his spot in the team, and he is still a major draw to fans who buy tickets to see the Galacticos via this link for Real Madrid's La Liga matches.

He remains regularly linked with a move to the Premier League. There have been regular links to Manchester United who have tried like forever to sign him however there are recent reports that Madrid could trade the Welsh star for Eden Hazard of Chelsea.

Following Madrid’s loss to Espanyol last week, Getafe are seeking to add salt to injury and take the tally to six losses for Real. However, Madrid have been playing very well in recent weeks, and will be doing everything they can to ensure that won’t happen. That said, this season has been an uncomfortable one for Zidane, and even with a victory, they would still be 15 points off pace with league leaders Barcelona, who would face second-placed side Atletico Madrid.

Zidane insists that the La Liga race was still open especially as mathematically the league had not been ceded to their arch rivals. The French tactician only claimed the title last year but they would have to forfeit it to the Ernesto Valverde-led side. Well, while Madrid have a far stellar record in the Champions League, Barca have a comparatively better record domestically, especially in recent times.