Real Madrid Gareth Bale equals David Beckham’s record with 116th Liga appearance Goal 03:08 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol The two Madrid favourites have made an identical number of appearances in the Spanish top flight, although Bale holds the edge in their head-to-head Gareth Bale has equalled a record previously held by David Beckham after appearing in his 116th La Liga game. The Wales international, 28, started for Real Madrid against Espanyol in Tuesday’s clash. And in doing so, he reached a mark that only Beckham had previously managed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bale now shares the record for the most Liga appearances made by a British player, which Beckham had previously set while also playing for Madrid in 2007. The former Tottenham man moved to Madrid in 2013 in a world-record transfer, and in his first season scored in the Champions League final as the Merengues lifted the much sought-after Decima. In total he has scored 61 goals in a Madrid shirt, compared to Beckham’s 13. 116 – Gareth Bale will equal David Beckham’s record as the British player with the most La Liga appearances when he plays against Espanyol tonight (116 apps). Dragon. pic.twitter.com/HVr1PPguMu— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 27 de febrero de 2018Bale also boasts a far more impressive win ratio than the ex-Manchester United idol, having finished on the winning side 79 times, 13 more than Beckham.