Tello playing for Beşiktaş in 2009
|Full name||Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela|
|Date of birth||14 October 1979|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Left-footed he usually operates as a left midfielder, but can also appear in the middle and as an offensive left back. He's also known for his long-distance shots, and spent most of his professional career in Portugal with Sporting, where he arrived at only 21.
Born in Santiago, Tello began his career at local Club Universidad de Chile, making his professional debuts in 1999. He quickly made a good impression, being named the best midfielder in the country in 2000, and was transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of €7 million in January of the following year, at the same time as compatriot Mario Cáceres; at the time, it was a club record for the top division side.
In the 2007 summer Tello moved to Turkey and signed with Beşiktaş JK, being named to the Team of the Season in his second year as his team won the double. On 25 November 2009, during a UEFA Champions League group stage game against Manchester United, he scored from 25 yards to beat Ben Foster and help his side win it 1–0, the first match in that stage of the competition the English had lost at Old Trafford in eight years.
A full Chilean international since his early 20's, Tello represented the country at the 2007 Copa América, where the national side exited in the last-eight after a 1–6 loss against eventual winners Brazil, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, playing in the second half of the round-of-16 0–3 defeat to the same opponents.
|1.||23 September 2000||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Honduras||1–0||5–2||Friendly|
|2.||29 March 2000||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||1–1||4–1||2002 World Cup qualification|
|3.||30 May 2010||Estadio Municipal, Concepción, Chile||Israel||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
- Universidad Chile
- Portuguese League: 2001–02
- Portuguese Cup: 2001–02, 2006–07
- Portuguese Supercup: 2002
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2004–05