The Brazilian playmaker, who had complained over unpaid wages, is no longer tied to his club after being granted an injunctionFormer Barcelona star Ronaldinho has been given permission to unilaterally rescind his contract with Flamengo because of a dispute over unpaid wages.
The Brazil international has long been involved in a tug-of-war with Flamengo, with reports suggesting that the 32-year-old has become disillusioned with life at the club after being insulted by Rubro-Negro during a match against Internacional.
Earlier on Thursday, Flamengo had quashed reports suggesting that Ronaldinho had been released, but the former Barcelona ace decided to take legal action against the club.
Ronaldinho claims he is owed over 16 million euros in salaries, bonuses and image rights, and the Labor Court in Rio de Janeiro has ruled in favor of the player.
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) is expected to acknowledge the court's decision before the end of the day, which will turn Ronaldinho into a free agent.
Flamengo vice president Rafael de Piro confirmed that the club has been notified of the court's ruling and insisted that it will appeal against the decision.
The Brazilian club's president, Patricia Amorim, has expressed surprise at the player's decision, telling Lancenet, "We have always taken care of all matters pertaining to Ronaldinho at a high level and internally."
Amorim added: "We did not expect this attitude from him. Now, the case is in the hands of our legal department, which will take all legal actions to protect Flamengo's interests.
"This club is bigger than any person and that will always be the case."
Ronaldinho signed for Flamengo in 2011 in a deal worth 3 million euros after spending three years at AC Milan. Some clubs have reportedly shown interest in the Brazilian already, and Major League Soccer could even be an option with several teams in the market for a playmaking Designated Player.