They rang in the epic 10th continental championship moments after getting home late Saturday night—with more than 100,000 fans. The party in Madrid's Plaza de Cibeles went on until the wee hours of Sunday morning.
And why not? They had just claimed the elusive 10th European crown in club history, and the first in all of 12 years. After spending hundreds of millions crafting a world-class roster that has racked up trophy after trophy, Los Blancos' chief goal has finally been achieved.
Real Madrid's official Twitter captured the biggest moments:
Defender Alvaro Arbeloa wasn't on the bus with his teammates, but he posted one of the best pictures of the day from a nice aerial view:
¡Cabalgamos juntos, morimos juntos! pic.twitter.com/oSRQEG1CBC— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17) May 25, 2014
Guardian Sport tweeted out a photo of some of Real Madrid's top players—including Cristiano Ronaldo, Fabio Coentrao and more:
BBC Sport also captured an awesome picture and tweeted a video link of the team riding the decked-out, double-decker bus:
101 Great Goals posted one of the best pictures of the night:
The Real Madrid bus parade pic.twitter.com/mBNL4aFCEV— 101 Great Goals (@102greatgoals) May 25, 2014
It's been a long wait for many Real Madrid players to reach the elusive La Decima, but not Gareth Bale. The Welshman arrived in Madrid after football's most expensive deal in history last summer, and he capped off his debut season with winners in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals.
Bale got a first-person trophy view in front of thousands of onlookers as the bus made its rounds:
Goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas was in the mood to film the celebration and post it on Instagram:
And it wouldn't be a Real Madrid celebration without Ronaldo—who won Saturday's game in his native country of Portugal—commemorating the team and, well, himself by posting this video of his Champions League highlights:
Sergio Ramos, who headed in the equalizer in stoppage time to send the game to extra time, was overcome with emotion while sporting a stylish hat:
Reality has surpassed my dreams. Proud to belong to the best club in the world. Hala Madrid..!! pic.twitter.com/FSkt5fqtu0— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) May 25, 2014
Los Blancos' victory on Saturday was nothing short of remarkable. Down 1-0 to their noisy neighbors, they were minutes from seeing La Decima fade into a mirage once again as Atletico's stout back line thwarted attempt after attempt.
With stoppage time running out, Ramos struck gold by heading in a corner kick when nothing was going for them. When extra time began, Los Rojiblancos' tired legs were no match for Real Madrid's revitalized spirit as they went on to rack up three goals in the second half of extra time to win 4-1.
Following the victory, Paul Hayward of The Telegraph called manager Carlo Ancelotti the greatest in Europe:
Saturday night's celebration was just the beginning of the madness in Madrid. According to the club's official site, they have scheduled a Decima party at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening.
As if there were any doubt, Madrid can ring in a football championship in as exciting a fashion as any city in the world. Real Madrid might be used to silverware, but this title had its own extra significance, and that makes a wild celebration even wilder.
Let's just hope that nobody dropped the trophy off the bus this time.
Following the celebrations, the club and their supporters will turn their hopes toward an 11th European crown and the La Liga title—after Atletico Madrid claimed the latter honour this season.
However, given the dramatic victory on Saturday, those celebrations will carry on for the foreseeable future.