Football: Messi reaches new record mark

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) is challenged by Paris St Germain's Blaise Matuidi during their Champions League Group F soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Dec 10, 2014. Messi's goal that brought Barcelona level with Paris Saint-Germ
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) is challenged by Paris St Germain's Blaise Matuidi during their Champions League Group F soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Dec 10, 2014. Messi's goal that brought Barcelona level with Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday's Champions League Group F encounter saw him equal the record mark for most goals in all European competitions. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi's goal that brought Barcelona level with Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday's Champions League Group F encounter saw him equal the record mark for most goals in all European competitions.

The Argentine now has 76 European goals, putting him level with former Real Madrid star Raul, with Cristiano Ronaldo one behind.

Messi needed just 95 European appearances to reach the landmark. All bar one of those goals have come in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old is already the all-time leading scorer in the history of La Liga, the European Cup/Champions League and the Clasico, as well as being Barcelona's all-time top marksman.