Real Madrid players celebrate their UEFA Champions League final win at the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid. (Curto de la Torre / AFP / Getty Images)

This time, Real Madrid players held onto the trophy as they celebrated, holding their UEFA Champions League trophy high as they paraded through a sea of fans in Madrid.

Three years ago, the Copa del Rey slipped from the grasp of Sergio Ramos and ended up under the wheels of the bus. The celebration of their 4-1 victory over Atlético Madrid began moments after the game ended in Liston and reached a high point when they joined more than 100,000 fans at the Plaza de Cibeles back at home.

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas had the best view.

“It was an unbelievable night, to win La Decima [the club’s 10th European title] here in Portugal with a beautiful crowd,” Cristiano Ronaldo said (via Sky Sports). “It’s something we’ve been wanting for many, many years and I’m really pleased and happy. I think the team deserved it because we played better than Atlético Madrid. I always believed, but we know that to score in 92 minutes is a lucky moment but when you force the game all the time and you believe, it’s always more easy. I think we deserved to score four goals — we created so many chances and we had the ball all the time.”


Cristiano Ronaldo began celebrating at Luz Stadium in Lisbon (Mario Cruz / EPA)