President Florentino Perez is close to delivering the Holy Grail to his club's supporters. Since their last Champions League trophy in 2002, the quest for the almost enigmatic 10th title has been relentless.
Victory would see Perez immortalised among the Bernabeu faithful—the president that delivered La Decima.
The obstacle in Los Blancos' path is recently crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
While a victory would be glorious, a defeat would be considered disastrous—particularly one to their cross-city rivals, who have only a fraction of Real's financial muscle.
It is likely that the ultimate responsibility of a defeat would fall on Carlo Ancelotti's shoulders—albeit somewhat harshly.
So, with this in mind there are five reasons why Perez needs to keep his finger away from the trigger if the unthinkable occurs in Lisbon.