The ex Spurs man played a key role in delivering the club's fabled La Decima, repaying a large chunk of his huge transfer fee.
Trailing Atletico 1-0 as the clock ticked past the 90th minute, it is hard to believe just how close Real came to losing out.
Sergio Ramos' bullet header in the 93rd minute brought the scores level, and world record signing Gareth Bale scored the key second for Los Blancos with ten minutes left of extra time to break Atletico hearts.
Further goals from Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo added gloss to the win, unfairly for the rivals, but no one can deny that it was former Tottenham star Bale that delivered the mortal blow to their opponents.
Following the game, the Welshman was understandably delighted with his first European trophy, and explained that he was able to pull on past difficulties when he was struggling to hit the target in normal time.
"After previous experiences, I've learned to keep going," Bale said. "Forget about the chances you missed and thankfully we got the momentum.
"We played Atletico four times already this season, every one was very close and difficult, when they get ahead they are difficult to break down. Once we got the goal, we had the momentum into extra time.
"When we play our game, we win football games," the winger continued. "We knew if we kept attacking, we would win.
"For me, the price tag [of Bale's transfer from Spurs] means nothing, if I came for a penny it would have been worth it as long as I play well. We want to win more now. This is what every player dreams of, winning the Champions League.
"It will be a memory forever and it'll be great to look back on in future years."