Canella before a game with Sporting in 2014
|Full name||Roberto Canella Suárez|
|Date of birth||7 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Laviana, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2014–2015||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:35, 26 February 2017 (UTC).
Canella was born in Laviana, Asturias. A product of Sporting de Gijón's cantera system he first appeared with the main squad during the 2006–07 season, and established himself as first-choice in the following campaign as it returned to La Liga after a ten-year hiatus.
Canella scored his first top flight goal on 5 October 2008 in a 2–0 away win against RCD Mallorca, being a starter throughout the campaign. According to COPE Radio, Real Madrid was likely to acquire his services for 2009–10. Eventually nothing came of it, and the player again occupied the left-back position for the vast majority of the campaign, with Sporting again maintaining its top division status.
In the following years, Canella continued battling for position with another club youth graduate, José Ángel, with both players appearing in roughly the same number of matches. In 2011–12, following Ángel's departure to A.S. Roma, he became the undisputed starter for the Manolo Preciado-led side.
- Spain U19
- El Sporting ata a Roberto Canella para los próximos cuatro años (Sporting ties Roberto Canella for the next four years); El Comercio, 23 August 2006 (in Spanish)
- El Sporting regresa a la élite (Sporting returns to the elite); Mundo Deportivo, 16 June 2008 (in Spanish)
- Mallorca 0–2 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 5 October 2008
- De Roberto Canella y el Real Madrid (Of Roberto Canella and Real Madrid); Real Madrid Web, 13 January 2009 (in Spanish)
- El Atlético cumple el trámite en Gijón (Atlético gets job done in Gijón); Mundo Deportivo, 9 May 2010 (in Spanish)
- José Ángel y Canella, premiados con el 'Mets Bat' (José Ángel and Canella, awarded the 'Mets Bat'); Marca, 26 March 2009 (in Spanish)
- La gripe frena a Canella (Flu stops Canella); La Nueva España, 21 November 2009 (in Spanish)
- El lateral asume que Roberto Canella siga como titular (Fullback resigned to Roberto Canella being the starter); La Nueva España, 2 February 2011 (in Spanish)
- Canella, el bicentenario (Canella, the bicentennial); La Nueva España, 8 November 2013 (in Spanish)
- Canella llega al Deportivo cedido por una temporada (Canella arrives in Deportivo on loan for one season); La Voz de Galicia, 27 June 2014 (in Spanish)
- Europeo Sub-19 (Under-19 European Championship); Mundo Deportivo, 16 July 2006 (in Spanish)
- Bueno double gives Spain glory; UEFA.com, 29 July 2006
- Empieza la sucesión de Messi (Messi's succession begins); Mundo Deportivo, 30 June 2007 (in Spanish)
- Canella, José Ángel, Botía y Azpilicueta, de Gijón a la sub-21 (Canella, José Ángel, Botía and Azpilicueta, from Gijón to the under-21); La Nueva España, 28 February 2010 (in Spanish)