The Santos coach believes it would be wrong to appoint a foreign boss as he would not understand the culture of Brazil, while putting his own name into the hat for the job
The former Barcelona boss is reportedly the favourite to take charge of Brazil and lead them at the 2014 World Cup, but Ramalho believes appointing a foreigner would be a mistake.
"Guardiola is a great coach, but he doesn't really know the Brazilian culture," Ramalho was quoted as saying by Lancenet.
"Brazil have won five World Cups, and have always done so with a Brazilian coach at the helm.
"Local coaches such as [Luiz Felipe Scolari] Felipao, Tite, Abel Braga and myself should be respected."
The 56-year-old Ramalho has emerged as one of the early favourites for the vacant position.