The Welshman’s goal in Real’s 4-0 victory over Sevilla took his tally to 43 goals in 76 games, one more than former England striker Linekar’s record of 42 goals in 103 games for Barcelona between 1986 and 1989.
“I’m very happy. This new record gives me joy and now the important thing is to improve,” Bale said.
Top British scorers in La Liga
43 - Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
42 - Gary Lineker (Barcelona)
33 - John Aldridge (Real Sociedad)
24 - Steve Archibald (Barcelona)
16 - Laurie Cunningham (Real Madrid)
15 - Alan Campbell (Racing Santander)
13 - Michael Owen (Real Madrid)
13 - David Beckham (Real Madrid)