Romanian player Cristina Neagu was chosen the 2015 Mizuno Female World Handball Player after receiving the highest number of points based on the cumulative votes of a 19-member international jury of handball journalists and visitors of the website handball-planet.com.
The 27-year-old Romanian left back and ZRK Buducnost Podgorica star received 84 points, ahead of Norwegian players Nora Mork (52 points) and Heidi Loke (49 points). Neagu is the third player to win the title in five years and succeeds three-time winner Heidi Loke (2011, 2013 and 2014) and Hungarian player Zsuzsanna Tomori (2012).
Cristina Neagu helped the Romanian national team win the Bronze Medal at the Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark. For her outstanding performance, Neagu, who was also the competition’s Top Goalscorer with 63 goals, was chosen the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In the past year, Neagu had a significant contribution to the 2014/2015 ZRK Buducnost Podgorica’s EHF Champions League winning campaign.
The website handball-planet.com also acknowledged Romanian player Paula Ungureanu, who was included alongside Neagu in the Mizuno Female World Handball Team 2015 – Best 8.