Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale celebrate Real's Champions League victory with team-mates on streets of Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale celebrate Real's Champions League victory with team-mates on streets of Madrid - Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup after extra time win over Atletico  - Players returned to Spanish capital to celebrate with fan into the early hours - Thousands of fans line the streets as Real players celebrate on open top bus

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale lead the celebrations as Real Madrid took to the streets of the Spanish capital to celebrate their Champions League victory over city rivals Atletico.

The Real players celebrated with fans in the early hours on Sunday morning on an open top bus in Cibeles Square in Madrid just hours after the 4-1 win in extra time.

Carlo Ancelotti and his players headed straight back to Madrid after the final in Lisbon and the celebrations went on long into the night.

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All white on the night: Gareth Bale and Luka Modric celebrate Real's Champions League victory on the streets of Madrid

Leading the celebrations: Cristiano Ronaldo sings into a microphone on the open top bus 

Champions: The Madrid players flew back and celebrate with fans in the Spanish capital in the early hours 

Pure joy: The Real players and fans celebrate in Cibeles Square in Madrid after the win in Lisbon 

Mobbed: Thousands of fans lined the streets in the early hours of Sunday to welcome their heroes home 

Party time: The Real Madrid open top bus parade goes through the streets of Madrid on Sunday morning 

Team captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos shared the honour of draping a team flag around the neck of the Cibeles statue in the centre of the fountain in the square. 

Music blared from a makeshift stage kept supporters going until around 6am, when the Real team, wearing 'La Decima' on their shirts in reference to the 10th title they had coveted for 12 years, finally arrived back with the trophy.

It could have been so different after Diego Godin put Atletico in front nine minutes before half time, and Diego Simeone's side looked destined to get their hands on the trophy but Sergio Ramos popped up in the 93rd minute to send it to extra-time.

Champions League winners Real Madrid parade their trophy 

Thumbs up: Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty to make it 4-1 in the final

Jumping for joy: Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Ronaldo, Jese and Fabio Coentrao celebrate 

Sealed with a kiss: Captain Iker Casillas kisses the trophy in front of thousands of fans in Madrid 

Job done: Ramos and Casillas celebrate in Cibeles Square 

The crucial moment came five minutes into the second period of extra-time when Bale nodded home at the far post after good work from Angel Di Maria. Disappointingly for Atletico, they collapsed after that, with Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo making it 4-1 to take the title back to the Bernabeu for the tenth time in their history.

Bale – who signed from Spurs in the summer for £86million - insisted that he and his team-mates always believed they could come back to win, despite being behind for most of the final. 

'For us when we play our own football we win matches and it was literally just about attacking and keep doing what we do best,' Bale said.

'We believe in that and we believed if we kept doing that we would win.'

Ancelotti interview interrupted by Madrid players celebrating 

Turning out in force: Real Madrid fans celebrate their team's Champions League win in Cibeles Square in Madrid 

Master mind: Carlo Ancelotti celebrates with the trophy

Picture perfect: Bale takes a photo of the fans as he celebrates on the bus with the trophy 

Man of the moment: Ramos scored the goal that sent the game into extra time 

During normal time it looked like being a frustrating evening for Bale, with the former Spurs winger missing three decent opportunities, but the Welshman was pleased to see his efforts rewarded in the end. 

'I've learned from past experience to just keep going, forget about the chances you've missed, and keep persevering. Thankfully I got the decisive goal,' he added. 

Done deal: Ramos kisses the trophy as he celebrates the victory in the Spanish capital 

Turning out in force: The fans flock to Cibeles Square to celebrate with the Madrid players 

Fan-tastic: Real Madrid players on board the team bus celebrate win with fans 

Golden couple: Ronaldo celebrates with his girlfriend Irina Shayk and his medal 

Plane sailing: Angel di Maria and Marcelo celebrate with their wives on the plane back to Madrid

'It was great to see it go in.'

With the Champions League triumph rounding off his first year at Real Madrid, following his world record £85million move last summer, the 24-year-old now has an appetite for more success.

'I came here to play in big competitions and win trophies. We want to win more now,' he said. 

'This is what every footballer dreams of and it doesn't get any bigger in club football.'

This article originally appeared in : Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale celebrate Real's Champions League victory with team-mates on streets of Madrid | | By James Andrew | Published: 07:53 GMT, 25 May 2014 | Updated: 20:50 GMT, 25 May 2014

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