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|
He spent the better part of his early professional career in Portugal with Sporting, where he arrived at only 21. In 2007, he moved to Turkey where he remained several years, notably representing Beşiktaş and Eskişehirspor.
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 being transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal for a fee of €7 million in January of the following year, alongside compatriot Mario Cáceres; at the time, it was a club record for the Primeira Liga 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 to a 1–0 win, the first match in that stage of the competition the English had lost at Old Trafford in eight years.
On 25 July 2010, aged 30, Tello left Beşiktaş but continued in the Süper Lig, signing a three-year contract with Eskişehirspor. In January 2014, he moved to fellow league club Elazığspor, transferring to Şanlıurfaspor of the second division in June.
Tello returned to his country after a 15-year absence, agreeing to a one-year deal at Audax Italiano on 4 August 2015. On 28 April of the following year, the 36-year-old announced his retirement.
A full Chilean international since his early 20s, 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|
- As of 30 August 2015
- Universidad Chile
- Primeira Liga: 2001–02
- Taça de Portugal: 2001–02, 2006–07
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2000, 2002
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2004–05
- "Luz-verde para Rodrigo Tello" [Green light to Rodrigo Tello] (in Portuguese). Record. 4 January 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "O "novo" Tello e o "velhos" Pintos" ["New" Tello and "old" Pintos] (in Portuguese). Record. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Rui Jorge na calha para render Tello" [Rui Jorge poised to replace Tello] (in Portuguese). Record. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Beşiktaş triumph at Old Trafford". UEFA.com. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "Rodrigo Tello Şanlıurfaspor'la anlaştı" [Rodrigo Tello agrees terms with Şanlıurfaspor] (in Turkish). Goal.com. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "Rodrigo Tello refuerza a Audax Italiano y vuelve a Chile tras 15 años" [Rodrigo Tello bolsters Audax Italiano and returns to Chile after 15 years] (in Spanish). La Tercera. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- "Beşiktaş'ın eski futbolcusu Rodrigo Tello futbolu bıraktı" [Former Beşiktaş player Rodrigo Tello quit football] (in Turkish). T24. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- Rodrigo Tello – FIFA competition record
- "Rodrigo Tello". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- "R. Tello". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 April 2014.