REAL MADRID

Bale scores Real Madrid's fastest ever Champions League goal

Gareth Bale wrote his name into the Madrid history books in Los Merengues' Group F match away to Polish champions Legia Warsaw.

Bale scores Real Madrid's fastest ever Champions League goal
BARTLOMIEJ ZBOROWSKI EFE

Gareth Bale celebrated his new Real Madrid contract with by making club history in Los Blancos' Champions League draw with Legia Warsaw on Wednesday night.

Superb first-minute strike in Warsaw

The Wales star, who put pen to paper on a new, six-year deal on Monday, gave Real the lead with a thunderous shot into the top corner after just 55 seconds.

The strike - Bale's second in Europe this season - is the fastest ever scored by a Madrid player in the competition.

Beats Benzema record from 2011

His effort is almost 30 seconds swifter than Real's previous quickest in the Champions League, netted by Karim Benzema against Dinamo Zagreb.

In a 6-2 group-stage victory over the Croatian side at the Bernabéu in November 2011, Frenchman Benzema put Real in front with 83 seconds on the clock.

Bale 45 seconds slower than Makaay

Bale's goal remains well short of the fastest overall in the Champions League, scored after 10.1 seconds by Bayern Munich's Roy Makaay against Real in 2007.