Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's ex-boyfriend Salman Khan congratulated her and Abhishek Bachchan as they are expecting their first child.

“I would like to congratulate Mr Bachchan that he is going to become a grandfather and also Abhishek and Aishwarya. I hope they make a whole football team,” Salman told reporters here at an event to launch a BlackBerry application. 

In 1999, Aishwarya began dating Salman and their relationship was often reported in the media until the couple separated in 2001. Aishwarya married Abhishek April 20, 2007.