"We were meant for more but they didn't let us be in the final".
So, here we were are with the final decision from the South American authorities and now the time is ticking for Messi to potentially appeal the verdict within the next seven days.
After the match, Messi was absent from the medal ceremony and later said Argentina "don't need to be part of this corruption".
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The ban will prevent the Barcelona forward from participating in four worldwide friendlies in September and October, including an exhibition against Germany in Dortmund on October 9.
As punishment for his outbursts, Messi is to serve a three-month suspension from Friday's announcement, ruling him out of Argentina matches until November. "Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football", he had said.
Messi has also been fined $50,000 (£41,121) by CONMEBOL, South American football's governing body.
'I always tell the truth and I'm honest, that is what keeps me calm if what I say has repercussions that is not my business'.