Quintero playing for Minnesota United in 2018
|Full name||Carlos Darwin Quintero Villalba|
|Date of birth||19 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Tumaco, Colombia|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 6, 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 15, 2013
After being transferred from Deportes Tolima in the Copa Mustang to FC Krylia Sovetov Samara along with fellow Colombian and Tolima Team Mate Juan Carlos Escobar in Russia he quickly returned to Colombia after an unsuccessful run in Europe.
In 2009, Quintero was transferred to Club Santos Laguna of the Mexican Primera División for $4 million. Quintero made his debut against Club América losing 2–1 playing all 90 minutes. Quintero scored his first goal against Chivas in which Santos won 2–1. Quintero scored two goals against Montreal Impact in the Concacaf Champions League in a 5–2 win.
Quintero scored his first goal of the 2011–2012 season against Atlante F.C. in a 3–0 win. He then scored his second goal against Club Tijuana, which Santos lost 3–1. Quintero scored another goal against Puebla F.C. in which the game ended 2–1 to Santos. On week 12 Quintero scored another goal against Querétaro F.C.. The game ended 3–1. After six games undefeated Santos lost to Estudiantes Tecos where Quintero scored the first goal for Santos, but the game ended in a 5–2 defeat for his club. The week after that Quintero scored the first goal of the game against Club América on the third minute in an eventual 1–1 draw. In the playoffs Quintero scored the first goal against Chiapas in a 2–1 win. Quintero scored his first goal of the Calusura 2012 against Club Tijuana, where Santos won 3–1. On Week 11 he scored his second goal away at Cruz Azul in a 1–0 win for Santos. Quintero scored his third goal of the Clausura 2012 season making this his ninth goal in the 2011–2012 season against Toluca in an away game which ended 3–1 on April 1.
On November 27, 2014 Quintero announced that he was leaving Club Santos Laguna.
On December 16, 2014 Quintero was transferred to Club América. He scored on his debut against León on January 10, 2015. He won his first title with América after winning the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League. Quintero also won the 2015–16 edition of the Champions League with the club.
Prior to the Clausura 2017, it was announced that Quintero would be placed on the transfer list. On January 5, 2017, after not being able to find a new team to play in, it was confirmed that he would be part of the squad for the Clausura.
On March 31, 2018, Quintero joined Major League Soccer side Minnesota United as a Designated Player, the first in the club's history. The transfer fee paid was a reported $200,000. On July 4, 2018, Quintero scored a hat trick in a home match versus Toronto FC, the first in Minnesota United's history.
He was part of the Colombia U-20 national team in 2007 and made his senior Colombia debut against Paraguay on 11 October 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match. He scored his first goal against Mexico in a 2–1 friendly win on 30 September 2009.
- Scores and results list Colombia's goal tally first.
|1.||30 September 2009||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States||Mexico||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
- Santos Laguna
- Minnesota United
- "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 presented by Alibaba E-Auto: List of Players" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- "Darwin Quintero ya es mexicano". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
- "Carlos Quintero International Statistics"., Int.soccerway.com Retrieved on 18 July 2014
- "Quintero Receives Green Card". Minnesota United FC. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.