Canella with Sporting Gijón 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(s)||Left back|
|2005–2006||Sporting Gijón B||16||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2020|
He spent most of his professional career with Sporting de Gijón since making his debut with the first team at the age of 18, going on to appear in 313 official matches. Of those, 129 were in La Liga (four goals).
Canella was born in Laviana, Asturias. A product of Sporting de Gijón's cantera he first appeared with the main squad during 2006–07, and established himself as first-choice in the following season as it returned to La Liga after a ten-year hiatus.
Canella scored his first top level goal on 5 October 2008 in a 2–0 away win against RCD Mallorca, being a starter throughout the campaign. According to Cadena COPE, 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 season, with Sporting again retaining their league 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 the latter's departure to A.S. Roma, he became the undisputed starter for the Manolo Preciado-led side.
On 27 June 2014, Canella was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña, recently returned to the top tier. On 22 June 2019, the 31-year-old left Sporting after spending 20 years at the club and playing more than 300 competitive games for them.
- El Sporting ata a Roberto Canella para los próximos cuatro años (Sporting tie Roberto Canella for the next four years); El Comercio, 23 August 2006 (in Spanish)
- El Sporting regresa a la élite (Sporting return 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 go through the procedures 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 to Deportivo on loan for one season); La Voz de Galicia, 27 June 2014 (in Spanish)
- "Roberto Canella: «Este fue el sueño de un 'guajín' de Laviana»" [Roberto Canella: «This was the dream of a child from Laviana»] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
- "Rober Canella, nuevo jugador del CD Lugo" [Rober Canella, new player of CD Lugo] (in Spanish). CD Lugo. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
- Europeo Sub-19 (Under-19 European Championship); Mundo Deportivo, 16 July 2006 (in Spanish)
- Bueno double gives Spain glory Archived 5 January 2013 at Archive.today; UEFA, 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)