Mia, I don't feel offended. I brought that up to introduce my point that Richard sometimes lacks something that's very important for all athletes: that hunger to win and compete. Obviously we can't gauge a person's fighting abilities solely on his/her place of origin but I think it does play a factor.
And to respond to your point, if I recall correctly, Rafa comes from a very athletic family, didn't Uncles Toni and Angel play soccer professionally? And since Rafa's very close to his family, I'm sure they instilled in him that competitiveness very early on. So it's not just about the place but the people that surround you.