How can he be a cultured ball player without ever having shown a good range of passing? Good for you, medal is in the post.
Well, it's cos you've just made it up. He passes it both long and short, look up the stats or just watch him play. Again, we're not talking about quality here (so don't tell me that most of his long balls aren't accurate), only playing style.
He's not a hardman and has never been, that's all.