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Rodrigo Álvaro Tello Valenzuela (born 14 October 1979) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Turkish club Şanlıurfaspor. He usually operates as a left midfielder, but can also appear in the middle and as an attacking left back.
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.
A Chilean international for a full decade, Tello represented the country at the 2010 World Cup and the 2007 Copa América.
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 top division side.
After a slow start, Tello eventually became an important first-team member – although he would be used mainly as a substitute – and even saw some time at left back.
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.
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 top-divisioner Elazığspor.
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.
He also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
- As of 9 November 2014
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