By Rafael Corradino
In the Europa League, he scored the all-important equaliser against Juventus; against Chievo, he found the net again. Now he could be the hero against la Vecchia Signora as Fiorentina seek European glory, but Mario Gomez's real inspiration is the World Cup in Brazil.
"The World Cup in Brazil is the biggest thing you can experience as a football player. I want to play and I want to be strong," Gomez told German website ran.de. And his comeback was perfectly timed. He put in place some great performances in recent weeks, meaning Joachim Low must have been impressed.
Gomez was in danger of missing the World Cup as his injury was more severe than expected. Fiorentina were without him for five months - and miss him they did, especially as he was supposed to be out for only a month.
His start to life at the Artemio Franchi was superb. He helped his team reach the Europa League with an assist against Grasshoppers, he then put on his best display in Italy with two goals against Genoa.
Giuseppe Rossi was a perfect substitute in scoring goals, but now the Italian star is out, too. The fact that Gomez is now back for the most important stage of the season could not be better news for Vincenzo Montella.
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"I have no pain. Now it is important to find some rhythm," Gomez continued. "I want to reach the goals I have with Fiorentina. It is the only way to get back in form."
But is he ready for the World Cup? Former Germany midfielder Mehmet Scholl was making fun of him a couple months ago.
"If he [Gomez] did more work [off the ball] he would get a lot more chances and score a lot more goals," the 41-year-old said in his role as a pundit on ARD.
"A striker today has to work more and help his team-mates." And German fans are in agreement. They want a striker like Robert Lewandowski.
His effectiveness in Italy is the most important aspect for fans and pundits alike at present. Now he can put such doubts to bed by proving he is Fiorentina's saviour, with la Viola chasing the Coppa Italia and the chance to kick hated rivals Juventus out of Europe. If he succeeds, Gomez will be a legend to the fans in Florence - and will book a ticket to Brazil.