Cristian Tello

Cristian Tello Herrera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjan ˈteʎo eˈreɾa]; born 11 August 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger.

Cristian Tello
Cristian Tello.jpg
Tello playing for Porto in 2014
Personal information
Full name Cristian Tello Herrera[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-11) 11 August 1991 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward, winger
Youth career
1999–2002 Can Rull
2002–2008 Barcelona
2007–2008Damm (loan)
2008–2010 Espanyol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Espanyol B 4 (1)
2010–2012 Barcelona B 39 (9)
2011–2017 Barcelona 59 (11)
2014–2016Porto (loan) 36 (7)
2016–2017Fiorentina (loan) 51 (6)
2017–2022 Betis 140 (17)
National team
2010 Spain U19 3 (0)
2011 Spain U20 5 (1)
2012–2013 Spain U21 12 (2)
2012 Spain U23 6 (0)
2013 Spain 1 (0)
2013– Catalonia 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:01, 20 May 2022 (UTC)

He spent his youth at Espanyol and Barcelona, playing for both clubs' reserves before breaking through into the first team of the latter. He also spent one and a half seasons in Portugal with Porto and as many in Italy with Fiorentina, returning to Spain with Betis in 2017.

Tello represented Spain at the 2012 Olympics, and was part of the under-21 squad which won the European Championship in 2013. He won his first full cap in 2013.

Club careerEdit

EspanyolEdit

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Tello started playing at the age of eight with CFU Can Rull, moving to FC Barcelona shortly after and being loaned to another club in the region, CF Damm, for one year.

In 2008, his contract expired and RCD Espanyol signed him. He made his senior debut in the 2009–10 season, playing four games with the B team and being relegated from the Segunda División B.[2]

BarcelonaEdit

In June 2010, Tello moved back to FC Barcelona B, who competed in the Segunda División.[3] On 9 November 2011 he made his debut for Barça's main squad, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against CE L'Hospitalet in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey;[4] he scored a brace in the second leg, a 9–0 demolition.[5]

Tello made his first La Liga appearance on 28 January 2012, coming on as a substitute for Adriano in the 75th minute of a 0–0 draw at Villarreal CF.[6] The following weekend, in his first league start, he opened the score in the eighth minute of a 2–1 home victory over Real Sociedad after a through ball by Lionel Messi.[7]

 
Tello in action for Barcelona in the 2011–12 Champions League

On 7 March 2012, Tello replaced Andrés Iniesta early into the second half of a match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Camp Nou, taking his bow in the UEFA Champions League: he scored his first goal within two minutes, after Cesc Fàbregas played him through over the top and he ran from the halfway line to net from just inside the penalty area for the 4–0; six minutes later, from a similar position, he made it 6–0 for the hosts in an eventual 7–1 win (10–2 on aggregate).[8]

Even though his future initially seemed uncertain,[9][10] Tello managed to convince new manager Tito Vilanova and stayed in roster for the 2012–13 campaign, inclusively going on to start in several games. On 19 September 2012 he scored the opener and assisted Messi in the second goal, in a 3–2 home defeat of FC Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage, where he was also chosen as Player of the match.[11]

On 13 December 2012, Tello signed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him with the Blaugrana until June 2016.[12] Nine days later, he scored after only 30 seconds on the pitch in the last play of the 3–1 away win over Real Valladolid.[13]

Tello fell further down the offensive pecking order in 2013–14, following the arrival of Neymar.[14][15] He scored his first goal of the season on 11 December in a 6–1 home rout of Celtic in the Champions League group phase,[16] and six days later he also found the net, in a 3–0 victory against FC Cartagena in the domestic cup (7–1 on aggregate).[17] In the quarter-finals of the latter competition, away to Levante UD, he profited from three Messi assists to score his first hat-trick as a professional as his team won 4–1.[18]

Tello was loaned to FC Porto of the Primeira Liga on 16 July 2014, in a two-year deal.[19] He scored his first goal for the club on 25 November, entering as a substitute for Ricardo Quaresma and concluding a 3–0 win at FC BATE Borisov for the Champions League group stage.[20] Five days later, he netted his first league goal, the opener in a 5–0 home win over Rio Ave FC.[21] On 1 March 2015, he scored all of his side's goals as they beat Sporting CP 3–0.[22]

On 22 January 2016, Barcelona and ACF Fiorentina reached an agreement for the loan of Tello until 30 June 2016.[23] He made his Serie A debut on 3 February, starting a 2–1 defeat of Carpi F.C. 1909 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and scored his first goal 18 days later in a 3–2 victory at Atalanta BC.[24]

On 16 August 2016, the loan was renewed for the upcoming season.[25]

BetisEdit

On 30 June 2017, Tello joined Real Betis for €4 million (potentially €5 million).[26]

International careerEdit

 
Tello playing for Spain at the 2012 Olympics

Tello was a member of the Spanish squad that participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,[27] playing all three games in an eventual group stage exit.[28] He made his debut with the full side on 14 August 2013, starting in a 2–0 friendly win in Ecuador.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 20 May 2022[30][31]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Espanyol B 2009–10 Segunda División B 4 1 1[c] 0 5 1
Barcelona B 2010–11 Segunda División 23 4 23 4
2011–12 Segunda División 16 5 16 5
Total 39 9 39 9
Barcelona 2010–11 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 La Liga 15 3 4 2 3[d] 2 22 7
2012–13 La Liga 22 7 6 0 4[d] 1 2[e] 0 34 8
2013–14 La Liga 22 1 6 3 2[d] 1 0 0 30 5
Total 59 11 16 5 9 4 2 0 86 20
Porto (loan) 2014–15 Primeira Liga 25 7 1 0 3 0 8[d] 1 37 8
2015–16 Primeira Liga 11 0 3 1 1 0 5[d] 1 20 2
Total 36 7 4 1 4 0 13 2 57 10
Fiorentina (loan) 2015–16 Serie A 15 2 0 0 0 0 15 2
2016–17 Serie A 36 4 0 0 5[f] 0 41 4
Total 51 6 0 0 5 0 56 6
Betis 2017–18 La Liga 32 4 1 2 33 6
2018–19 La Liga 29 4 6 0 6[f] 1 41 5
2019–20 La Liga 27 2 3 1 30 3
2020–21 La Liga 29 5 4 0 33 5
2021–22 La Liga 23 2 6 1 6[f] 2 35 5
Total 140 17 20 4 12 3 172 24
Career total 327 51 40 9 4 0 39 8 3 0 414 67
  1. ^ Includes Copa del Rey and Taça de Portugal
  2. ^ Includes Taça da Liga
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Segunda División B relegation play-offs
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in Supercopa de España
  6. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

Barcelona

Betis

Spain U21

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Cristian Tello Herrera". Real Betis. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Cristian Tello e Isaac Cuenca, la historia de dos carreras paralelas" [Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca, the story of two parallel careers] (in Spanish). Cadena SER. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  3. ^ "El Espanyol espera alguna contraprestación a la marcha de Tello al Barça" [Espanyol expect some compensation to Tello's departure to Barça]. Sport (in Spanish). 1 July 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ Aldunate, Ramiro (9 November 2011). "Otro 'Iniestazo'" [Another 'Iniestazo']. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  5. ^ Aldunate, Ramiro (22 December 2011). "Escabechina antes de Navidad" [Slaughter before Christmas]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Barca slip up again to lose ground". ESPN Soccernet. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Barcelona stay in the hunt". ESPN Soccernet. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  8. ^ Bogunyà, Roger (8 March 2012). "FC Barcelona – Bayer 04 Leverkusen: The champions are a goalscoring machine (7–1)". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  9. ^ Sans, Gabriel (22 June 2012). "La negociación por Tello aún no ha arrancado" [Tello negotiations have not started yet]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  10. ^ Fernández, Elena (13 July 2012). "El futuro de Tello, una incógnita" [Tello's future, in the air] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  11. ^ Hunter, Graham (19 September 2012). "Messi's Barcelona show sees off Spartak". UEFA. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Tello ends uncertainty with new Barcelona deal". UEFA. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Barcelona stay nine clear". ESPN FC. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  14. ^ Chambers, Miles (19 July 2013). "'I can deal with Neymar competition' – Tello". Goal. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Tello: "No quiero escuchar ofertas, quiero triunfar en el Barça"" [Tello: "I don't want to hear about any offers, I want to make it big in Barça"] (in Spanish). La Ronda. 19 July 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  16. ^ Hunter, Graham (11 December 2013). "Neymar treble helps Barcelona canter past Celtic". UEFA. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  17. ^ Egea, Pablo (18 December 2013). "Felices fiestas para Neymar" [Merry Christmas Neymar]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  18. ^ Aldunate, Ramiro (22 January 2014). "Messi cocina y Tello se pone las botas" [Messi cooks it and Tello gets fired up]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Transfer news: Barcelona forward Cristian Tello joins Porto on two-year loan deal". Sky Sports. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  20. ^ "Herrera pulls the strings as Porto march on". UEFA. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  21. ^ Vilela, Mounique (30 December 2014). "Porto 5 x 0 Rio Ave: Dragão goleia, mas mantém distância para o líder Benfica" [Porto 5 x 0 Rio Ave: Dragon rout but keep distance to leaders Benfica] (in Portuguese). Goal. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  22. ^ Ames, Nick (1 March 2015). "Cristian Tello hat-trick sinks Sporting as Porto maintain pressure on Benfica". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Agreement with Fiorentina for the loan of Cristian Tello". FC Barcelona. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  24. ^ Matar, Daniella (21 February 2016). "Fiorentina wins 3–2 at Atalanta, Roma beats Palermo 5–0". Yahoo!. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Agreement between FC Barcelona and Fiorentina for the loan of Cristian Tello". FC Barcelona. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Cristian Tello completes transfer to Real Betis Balompié". FC Barcelona. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Euro 2012 trio Mata, Alba & Martinez in Spain Olympic squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Spain 0–0 Morocco: La Roja fail to fire again to finish bottom of Olympics Group D". Goal. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  29. ^ Estepa, Javier (15 August 2013). "Taconeo ante Ecuador" [Taconeo against Ecuador]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  30. ^ a b Cristian Tello at Soccerway
  31. ^ Cristian Tello at ESPN FC
  32. ^ a b c "Tello". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  33. ^ "Real Betis 1–1 Valencia (5–4 on pens): Real Betis win Copa del Rey final on penalties". BBC Sport. 23 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  34. ^ "Tello eleito o melhor jogador do mês de março" [Tello voted March player of the month] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2019.

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