The pair haven't spoken since Ronaldo was sold by Real Madrid last January, but have traded barbs through the media.

Capello caught the same plane as Ronaldo for AC Milan's trip to Lisbon for tonight's Champions League clash with Benfica. Capello will attend the match as a commentator for Rai TV.

"I asked him how much he now weighs," said Capello.

Despite the jovial appearance, La Repubblica says there was still some tension. Ronaldo, who usually travels by plane in the last row of seats, chose to sit closer to the cockpit yesterday after spotting Capello.