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AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi has admitted it would be an honour to break Gerd Muller's European goalscoring record, as he closes in on the Germany striker's total of 69 goals.
UEFA's official record books already have Inzaghi as the all-time leading scorer in European competition, as they discount Muller's seven goals in the now defunct Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
But the Milan frontman, who has netted 68 times across the UEFA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and Champions League over the past 15 years, believes he will only really usurp der Bomber if he overtakes his haul of 69 goals.
"Muller is a great striker," Inzaghi said. "He deserves respect. Sooner or later the record will come. As a Milan fan and an Italian I will be proud if this comes true soon. But don't forget there is also Raul.
"Above all, it's important to start well against Auxerre. I care about it a lot. I would like to equal Muller's record in front of my fans. I want to score to make Milan win."
Inzaghi may be afforded the opportunity to add to his goal tally when against Auxerre on Wednesday, though any appearance will likely be as a substitute with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Alexandre Pato all ahead of him in the Rossoneri's attacking pecking order.
Schalke striker Raul will also have a chance to equal Muller's record when he lines up for his new club against Lyon. The former Real Madrid star has also scored 68 goals - with 66 coming in the Champions League - though his goal-to-games ratio is 0.52 comapred to Inzaghi's 0.62.