Flamengo vice-president Paulo Cesar Coutinho has been caught on video badmouthing Ronaldinho, casting considerable doubt on the attacker's future with the club.
The former Ballon d'Or winner is rumoured to be seeking a move abroad after a series of disputes with the Rubro-Negro but was expected to feature in a friendly game in Piaui this week.
However, when asked by supporters to address rumours that the Brazilian had been 'removed' from the squad, Coutinho replied: "I just talked to the president the Flamengo [Patricia Amorim]. It is already clear [that he has]. Patricia asked to apologise to the people of Piaui."
Coutinho is then shown on the video, which has been posted on Youtube, addressing a question about the perceived power struggle between Flamengo and Ronaldinho.
"Who do you think will win? Flamengo is 100 years old," he pointed out. "Ronaldinho doesn't do a f*****g thing."
Ronaldinho joined the Rio de Janeiro outfit from AC Milan last year but his time at the Engenhao has been marked by controversies off the field and inconsistent form on it.